Ground breaking event to be held on Monday August 22, 2011 at Galloping Hill
and will feature PGA Tour golfers Michael Bradley and Ryan Palmer
KENILWORTH, N.J. – August 18, 2011 – Union County Golf Properties, KemperSports and TaylorMade are excited to announce the ground breaking of the new TaylorMade Performance Lab at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, N.J. To introduce the new building, there will be a ground breaking event held on Monday August 22, 2011 at Galloping Hill Golf Course.
The day will consist of two golf tournaments, a ground breaking ceremony, a visit by TaylorMade PGA Tour Professionals Michael Bradley and Ryan Palmer and multiple clinics for junior golfers. A clinic and exhibition will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the two Tour professionals. At 3:00 p.m., a shotgun start fundraising golf tournament will be held on the 18-hole golf course for adults. In addition, a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start golf tournament will be held on the Learning Center 9-hole course for junior golfers.
“We are proud to partner with Union County and KemperSports and see this Performance Lab as a great addition to the TaylorMade family.” said Todd Fraser, Global Director at TMPL. “Using motion capture technology, our fitting experts are able to dissect the golfer’s swing and provide invaluable feedback to the consumer. Meanwhile, the computer will produce a detailed recommendation of TaylorMade golf clubs based on the golfer’s swing characteristics.”
The TaylorMade Performance Lab represents the latest and most cutting edge swing analyzation and club fitting technologies TaylorMade has to offer. The building will consist of the Performance Lab, a fully stocked pro-shop and a snack shop. The building is expected to be open to the public in late 2011.
“The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to partner with KemperSports and TaylorMade to bring a world class experience to Union County golf enthusiasts,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “This is another important milestone in our continued efforts to improve public recreation services that support healthy outdoor activities, youth development and civic participation.”
“Opening a Taylor Made Performance Lab at Galloping Hill is a great opportunity for the local golf community,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “The ability to provide our guests with this one-of-a-kind custom fitting experience will further enhance the golf experience.”
All the proceeds for the August 22 ground breaking events will be donated to the four junior golf programs that will utilize the facility: The First Tee Raritan Valley, NJ Golf Foundation, LPGA/USGA Girls Golf and Renaissance Golf. Union County Golf Properties is committed to growing the game of golf through junior programs that teach the game of golf as well as mold the youth of today into upstanding citizens in their respective communities.
To participate in Monday’s events or to find out more about all Galloping Hill events and programs, call 908-686-1556 or visit www.ucnj.org.
About Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer, a graduate of Texas A&M University, has had a PGA Tour career highlighted by three victories: the 2010 Sony Open, the 2008 Ginn sur Mer and the 2004 FUNAI Classic. Off the golf course, Ryan has established a fund through the Northern Texas PGA to help junior golfers with financial needs pay for tournament fees or NTPGA membership dues. In November 2009, the Palmer Foundation gave $100,000 to The Children’s Hospital at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, Texas to build the Ryan Palmer Foundation Healing Garden, which includes a nine-hole putting green. Nominations for recipients of a grant from the Ryan Palmer Foundation are funneled through the NTPGA, and more information can be found at ryanpalmerfoundation.org.
About Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley, a graduate from Oklahoma State University in 1988, is a recent 2011 winner on the PGA Tour at the Puerto Rico Open sponsored by seepuertorico.com. Michael has also won three previous PGA Tour events, including: the 1996 Buick Challenge, the 1999 Doral-Ryder Open and the 2009 Puerto Rico Open.
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Dorado Beach Resort & Club, The Glen Club, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. Affiliate KemperLesnik, a sports marketing, events and public relations agency, has produced and managed major national and international events, including the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational college basketball tournament. For more information, visit www.kempersports.com.