Our new sponsor and supporter, VICE Golf

TIU Tour Productions and TIU4ALL are proud to announce that Vice Golf has agreed to being our preferred golf ball and allow us to become Vice Brand Ambassadors. We will be offering Vice balls at all events that we sponsor and it will be the official golf ball for our Collegiate Adaptive golf program, including the University of Arizona’s program. While all of us here at TIU having been playing Vice balls for a while now, we felt that having a top quality (Golf Digest Golf List) ball that is also affordable was simply a win/win for all of us. Managing Partner, Jon Moore stated, “Having Vice as a sponsor and being able to be a brand ambassador, is a huge milestone for all TIU companies and divisions. We’re all looking forward to the new opportunities provided by this great alliance.” Our initial promotion will be to distribute the Vice Variety pack to all competitors in the Quest for the Shield event that starts this month. Stay tuned for more announcements and events involving Vice Golf.

About Vice Golf

THE VICE BUSINESS CONCEPT

Vice was founded on the belief that quality golf balls should be available at a more affordable price point.

The golf ball is a consumable item – although durable, sometimes it only lasts a few holes. Nevertheless, high-quality golf balls can cost upwards of $4 apiece. It’s no surprise that many golfers fall back on low-quality golf balls: either cheap ones off the shelf or refurbished ones out of the lake. Even replacing their expensive ball with a cheap one when hitting across a water hazard is something we have seen on the golf course. Your game doesn’t need to be compromised by low-end equipment. To play your best, golfers should always play a high-quality ball that matches their swing—just as professionals do.

Vice Golf makes affordable, top-performing, tour-level golf balls a reality. We started off as a direct to consumer, online-only brand, which was the perfect channel to offer high-performing products at a low price by cutting out the middleman. After years of growth and acceptance in the golfing world, we are now able to produce even better golf balls and accessories at the most competitive prices. We still focus our sales through vicegolf.com, but have also explored retail options in our quest to make golf more affordable and accessible for as many people as possible, both online and offline.

Even after multiple years in the industry, we refuse to spend millions of dollars on PGA Tour sponsorships,- and proudly stand by our results and awards from independent testing facilities and publications like Golf Digest‘s Hot List.

Get the best value for money when ordering at least five dozen per model, equal to the average annual ball consumption for a weekend golfer. Nevertheless, you can also benefit from our step-pricing model that’ll give you the best deals when mixing dozens.

Focus on the Dimple

A rolling stone gathers no moss, right?  

That has long been a mantra of mine and with the wintery December weather slowing golf lessons down. I’ve been trying to help with this by publishing daily “Advent Golf Tips” on my “On the Mark” PGA TOUR podcast, which I’d love for you to check out.

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Neptune amputee shines on world golf stage

https://www.app.com/story/sports/2017/06/08/edelson-kenny-bontz-amputee-golfer/102610462/

Kenny Bontz insists he was not trying to be rude or anything.

Amputee golfer Kenny Bontz of Neptune recently competed at the World Cup in South Africa, helping the U.S. win the team title while finishing third overall individually.

When the amputee golfer from Neptune told anyone who would listen, including a reporter, that he and teammate Chad Pfeifer, the decorated U.S. Army veteran who lost part of his leg when an IED exploded under his vehicle in Iraq in 2007, were going to “destroy’’ the field at the World Cup of Disabled Golf last month in South Africa, he was merely stating a fact.

And then they went out and won by 42 shots, with Pfeifer, who competed in a PGA Tour web.com event in 2015, winning the individual title, while the 47-year-old Bontz, finished third in the world.

“I backed up my words,’’ he said. “It’s funny because I have a Mohawk haircut now, I have a bunch of tattoos on my arm so everyone looks at me as like the wild child out there, and I’m really one of the oldest guys out there. But I was just speaking from my heart, because that’s how much passion I have for this game.’’

That passion is evident in his incredible golfing journey

It was 11 years ago that Bontz made the decision to have his left leg removed above the knee after two decades of trying to maintain his active lifestyle on a limb ravaged by effects of Ewing’s Sarcoma, with a tumor in his left tibia discovered when he was a teenager.

Not only did it end his need for frequent surgeries and a growing dependence on pain killers, it set him up, along with the help of a high-tech prosthetic, to play the best golf of his life, highlighted by some of his recent performances.

“In South Africa, that was the strongest field I’ve ever seen,’’ he said. “They don’t call it amputee golf. It’s disabled golf, because there are guys who play with Muscular Dystrophy, and when they go out and shot 74, 75, it’s insane to watch them. These countries sent over their best players.  I’ve never seen a field as deep as it was, with probably 30 players with 4 or 5 handicap or better.’’

Neotune's Kenny Bontz and Chad Pfeifer after winning the World Cup of Disabled Golf in South Africa last month.
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Bontz has also been a Type-1 diabetic since he was 11 years old, trying to manage that disease. And cutting into the time he’s able to spend practicing and playing is a landscaping business that has required an increasing amount of his energy.

But prior to his departure for South Africa he fired a career-low round of 8-under-par 62 at a celebrity tournament in Florida, bogeying his first hole before bouncing back with nine birdies.

“I’ve been working with (Metedeconk National head pro) Brent Studer for a long time now, and we’re trying to work on getting more distance for me,’’ Bontz said. “`Brent thinks I hit it far enough, but instead of 8-iron I’d rather be hitting wedge into greens. But this is the best I’ve been hitting the ball in a long while.’’

Only time will tell how far it can take him in terms of achieving his goals within the game.

Bontz enjoys competing against able-bodied players. He has advanced in match play at the New Jersey State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship, and qualified with partner Sam Gordon for last year’s NJSGA Four-Ball Championship. He’s won six club championships at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune.

But the end-game for Bontz is perhaps the loftiest goal of all: competing on the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour, the top circuit on the planet for players over 50-years-old.

“My goal this year was to get my game to like a plus-2 or plus-3 handicap, because the Senior Tour is the goal for me,’’ he said.

“I wanted to try to play in the (New Jersey) state Open this year but my handicap index wasn’t low enough, and I had a conflict with the state Amateur while I was in South Africa. But I think I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in now.’’

What Bontz has witnessed first-hand has been the rise in the level of play in tournaments for disabled players. As his game has improved, so has the quality of the fields he competes against. Later this summer he’ll go for yet another Eastern Amputee title.

“It’s mindboggling. Some of these kids with one arm are hitting it 300, 320 yards, right down the pipe,’’ he said. “The sport has come a long way with this and watching these young kids come up now, like 15, to 20-years-old, and I’m just blown away at how talented these kids are. ‘’

And it’s that constant flow of young talent into the sport that continues to push Bontaz’s game to new heights.

Staff writer Stephen Edelson is an Asbury Park Press columnistsedelson@gannettnj.com

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