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Nicklaus Introduces His Own Wine

Jack Nicklaus and wine producer Tony Terlato celebrated the launch of Jack Nicklaus Wines this summer.

The golf icon’s wines were introduced with the 2007 vintage while the 2008 vintage is scheduled for release in early 2011. The vino is produced in Napa Valley on the Terlato family’s vineyards. The limited-production wines from

California enjoy a smooth and complex structure; the 2007 Napa Valley Caber- net Sauvignon is priced at $35 a bottle while the Bordeaux- style blend of the 2007 Private Reserve costs $43. Nicklaus joins

a long list of golf stars who have become involved in the wine busi- ness including

Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam, Ernie Els and Nick Faldo among others. Fuzzy Zoller introduced his own line of Vodka recently and worked closely with distillers to craft an alcohol that is fi ltered 10 times through charcoal and crushed volcanic rock. It is hard to argue that golf and alcohol aren’t a good match.

Bettencourt Earns First PGA Tour Win

After MATT BETTENCOURT domi- nated amateur golf in Northern California in the early 2000s, it seemed to most observers that it was only a matter of time before a wildly successful PGA Tour career would be realized. But after toiling be- tween the Nationwide and Canadian tours for several years, it wasn’t until 2009 that the self-taught Alameda native, who didn’t play college golf at a four- year university, earned PGA Tour status. That was on the strength of two victories on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 that propelled him to the top of the tour’s money list.

Bettencourt re- tained his PGA Tour card in 2009 and in mid-July grabbed the Reno- Tahoe Open by one stroke over Bob Heintz. An eagle on Mon- treux’s 11th and birdie on the penultimate hole in the fi nal


round fueled a four-under 68. It was the fi rst victory for the 35-year-old on the PGA Tour; he pocketed the $540,000 fi rst-place prize and, perhaps more impor- tantly, earned full PGA Tour status through 2012. After graduating Modesto Junior Col- lege in 1997, Bet- tencourt worked as a shower door and window salesman while starting to rack up NCGA titles. He was two-time NCGA player of the year (2001- 2002), winning three major titles in that span including the ‘01 NCGA Amateur, and set a points record in 2002 at 2,446 points. That record stood for

two years until bettered by PGA Tour colleague Spencer Levin’s epic 2004 that saw him win the NCGA Amateur, State Amateur and earn low amateur honors at the U.S. Open.

PING and its parent company KARSTEN MANUFACTURING have allowed Apple to use the PING trademark with its new music social network on iTunes. Apple’s Ping allows users to track artists’ and friends’ music selections. The unveiling of the product saw more than 1 million people join Ping within 48 hours of its launch last month. Instead of fi ling a copyright infringement case, PING opted to join

forces with Apple and allow the trademark use. The golf company could have blocked the use of its name because of its trademark registration rights for social networking. Financial terms of the trademark deal have not been disclosed. “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Apple,” said John Solheim, chairman and CEO of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation and PING. “Like PING, Apple carries a reputation for innovation and quality. I have always had great respect for companies that have changed and improved the way things are done and I continue to model PING along those lines. Apple is a truly great example of this kind of enterprise.” With ongoing lawsuits between TaylorMade and Acushnet, a legal battle avoided is good news for the golf world.

16 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2010


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