Kentwool backs up claim of 'world's best golf sock'

By Jason CrookFebruary 26, 2014, 7:12 pm

Rarely do things that tout themselves as the "world's best" live up to the hype. Think about the last time you had the "world's best cup of coffee" or the "world's best apple pie." There's a good chance you walked away disappointed.

Well after trying Kentwool Performance Golf Socks, I can tell you firsthand, there is no better sock on the market. Not because I've tested them all, but because there's nothing else you could possibly improve in terms of comfort and performace. As promised, after a day on the course my feet were blister-free, completely dry and odorless, which I would attribute to the superfine Merino wool – a natural smart fiber –with windspun technology.

And while the comfort and performance are already second to none, Kentwool continues to roll out new products to appeal to every golfer. At the PGA Show in January, they launched their KW series Sport, which has an even softer feel with advanced moisture wicking and their Pro-Light line for those seeking a thinner in-shoe feel.

The one hurdle to get over as a consumer is the price. Most of Kentwool's Performance Golf Socks go in the $20 range with some of their other socks retailing for slightly more. And while most of us have been conditioned that socks are supposed to be a cheaper aticle of clothing, Kentwool is changing the narrative, and making it totally worth it. Because of the high-quality materials put into these socks, they should be treated as an investment. You wont be ripping holes and throwing them away every other time you tee it up. And they feel exactly the same going into the washing machine as they do coming out.

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The watershed moment in golf footwear came at a 2008 Tour charity pro-am. Mark Kent, president and CEO of Kentwool, had a chance to make it to the final round of competition. But instead of focusing on the golf ahead of him, all he could think about was the painful blisters on his feet. Walking off the course that day, he asked his caddie, "Why doesn’t anyone make a better golf sock?” His caddie retorted, "You run a manufacturing company, why don’t you?” And the rest, as they say, is history.

“We engineered the world’s best golf sock, but we keep evolving our products to stay out in front.” said Kent. “By listening to our customers and Tour players we keep consistent demand which in turn creates long-term revenue opportunities for our retail partners.”

Fast-forward to today, and Kentwool socks are trusted in competition by some of the games biggest names, including Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Ryann O’Toole, Peter Jacobsen, Duffy Waldorf and Brendon de Jonge. And the reason is simple – feel better, play better.

Kentwool is so confident that you will never try a better golf sock that they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. No questions asked. For more information about Kentwool Performance Golf Socks and their new KW Series Sport and Pro-Light Sock lines, vist Kentwool online.

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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.

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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.