TIU4ALL JOINS OTHER NONPROFITS TO EXPAND THEIR SUPPORT OF ADMIRABLE CAUSES

September 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tucson, AZ – Under the banner, Invisible Shield, several select nonprofits have formed a strategic alliance to provide increased support and exposure to the critical causes that match with their missions. The Heart of a Lion John Daly – Major Ed Foundation, the Patriot Golf Foundation, the Uncommon Grit Foundation, and TIU4ALL comprise the founding organizations of Invisible Shield. 

“Invisible Shield is based on the definition of invisible as ‘someone or something that cannot be seen’, and shield as ‘one that protects or defends’”, states Chick Linski, President of the John Daly – Major Ed Foundation and one of the drivers behind this collaborative effort. “The term ‘Invisible Shield’ was coined during a conversation with Darren McBurnett, US Navy SEAL (Ret), leader of the Uncommon Grit Foundation. We feel that we are providing the recipients of our missions with a sense of protection from their personal challenges by providing valuable resources, support, and opportunities. Each of the foundations involved want our benefactors to be the focal point of our efforts, not the organizations per se.”   

Heart of a Lion is a new foundation formed by 2-time Major Winner John Daly and Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.). Both John and Major Ed have a long history of giving back to others less fortunate including the Boys & Girls Club, St Jude’s Hospital and several notable foundations and charities supporting our wounded Veterans and their families. 

The Patriot Golf Foundation provides both resources and access to military veterans through its national Patriot Golf Schools. According to Ted Simons, Executive Director, “The game of golf has proven to be therapeutic for veterans suffering from PTSD, physical, mental, and emotional challenges as the result of their service. Each golf school includes veterans at no cost to learn, play, and socialize with the sponsors for the day.” Proceeds from the golf schools are shared with qualified foundations that support military veterans and their families. 

Uncommon Grit Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and increase community support for military, first responders, and their families. Darren McBurnett,leads Uncommon Grit as an extension of The Bone Frog Open; a golf, entertainment, and social event that honors fallen U.S. Navy SEALs. The Bone Frog Open is about awareness, remembrance, patriotism, camaraderie, and fun and a way to thank our military and first responder men and women for being the ones that run toward danger, not away from it.

TIU4ALL (Tee It Up 4 All) provides resources, access, support, and equipment for adaptive golfers in the U.S. As with all the members of Invisible Shield, TIU4ALL brings ‘the healing power of golf’ to disabled military veterans, first responders, and the general population that will benefit from participating in golf. Access to adaptive equipment, instruction, and tournaments are key elements which benefit from TIU4ALL. In addition, Jon Moore, Director of TIU4ALL, directs the adaptive golf program at the University of Arizona, the first adaptive golf program in collegiate sports.

Future collaborations, events, and opportunities between the foundations will be announced soon. 

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Media contact;

Stephen Hughes

Marketing and Media Director

TIU4ALL

media@tiu4all.org

For additional information on each of the INVISIBLE SHIELD organizations, please visit:

HEART of a LION” John Daly – Major Ed Foundation     www.jdme.org

UNCOMMON GRIT FOUNDATION     www.uncommongritfoundation.org

PATRIOT GOLF FOUNDATION     www.patriotgolffoundation.com

TIU4ALL     www.tiu4all.org

Linked In Profiles:

Maj. Ed Pulido:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-pulido-b019629/

Darren McBurnett:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmcburnett/ 

Chick Linski:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chick-linski-6662035a/

Ted Simons:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-simons-80ab9a3/

Jon Moore:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/diamanteglobal/

New E6 Analytics just released.

E6Golfers,Introducing the all new Scorecard, Statistics, and Advanced Analytics features to portal.e6golf.comWe invite E6Golfers to experience these new data visualization features to help better understand their games. The Scorecard and Statistics features update in real time – so log in during your round and enhance your virtual golf round with a true second screen experience. These features will be included with the E6 CONNECT Standard license.SCORECARDThis provides a statistical overview of your round hole-by-hole. Includes analytics like: Fairways Hit, Sand Save, Greens in Regulation, Putts, Mulligans Taken, and Penalties.STATISTICSGraphical Representation of your Round Performance versus your Historical Performance Colored portion of the donut graph represents the round, the darker portion represents your total performance of recorded E6 CONNECT Rounds.Check it Out!ADVANCED ANALYTICS With Advanced Analytics users can load round history and visualize performance hole by hole, with a Top Down View. This will work for Driving Range Sessions or Course Play. Advanced Analytics for E6 CONNECT is designed for players who want to “deep-dive” into their shot data and look at trends over time.Advanced Analytics was developed with Gungho Golf.Check it Out!

Another pertinent mental golf plan by Dr. Bob Rotella….a genius on the six inches between your two ears

01 Believe you can win.

I still remember my first major, the 1985 city championship in Charlottesville, Va. Back then I didn’t play a lot of golf, but I wanted to see how good the players in my town were. I shot in the 80s and finished third from last. When I got done, I decided to follow the leaders so I could see how my game compared. After watching them for 18 holes, my evaluation was this: They hit it farther than I did. They hit it straighter. Their bunker play was fantastic. And they chipped and putted better. But I left there believing that if those guys could win, so could I. I worked on my game, and over time I got better, including one winter when all I did each day after work was hit bunker shots. Eight years after I first competed, I made a 12-foot putt on 18 to win my city championship.

02 Don’t be seduced by results.

How can Trevor Immelman get to the 18th green of the final round of the 2008 Masters and not know where he stands? It’s called staying in the present, and it’s a philosophy I teach all the players I work with. It means not allowing yourself to be seduced by a score or by winning until you run out of holes. Instead, you get lost in the process of executing each shot and accept the result.

Before Trevor teed off on Sunday with a two-shot lead, he decided he wouldn’t look at leader boards. He had a plan: Pick a target, visualize the shot and let it rip. As Trevor walked up the 18th fairway, Brandt Snedeker put his arm around him and nudged him to walk ahead. Trevor told me it was the first time all day he allowed himself to think about the outcome. After marking his ball, he asked his caddie how they were doing. His caddie said he had a three-stroke lead over Tiger. Trevor said he went from being quiet and calm inside to thinking, How can I not five-putt this?

03 Sulking won’t get you anything.

The worst thing you can do for your prospects of winning is to get down when things don’t go well. If you start feeling sorry for yourself or thinking the golf gods are conspiring against you, you’re not focused on the next shot. When Padraig Harrington won the British Open in 2007, he got up and down for a double-bogey 6 on the last hole to make a playoff after knocking two balls into the water. Padraig told me he had a level of acceptance that earlier in his career he didn’t have. He said it never entered his mind that he might blow the tournament. His only thought was getting his ball in the hole so he could win the playoff.

04 Beat them with patience.

Every time you have the urge to make an aggressive play, go with the more conservative one. You’ll always be OK. In a tournament, the rough is thicker, the pins are tougher, and the greens are faster. The moment you get impatient, bad things happen.

The best example of patience I ever witnessed was Tom Kite at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Kite had been 0 for 20 in U.S. Opens until then. On Sunday, wind gusts reached 35 miles per hour, but Kite didn’t get flustered. On a day when a lot of players didn’t break 80, Kite shot even par and won by two. In tough conditions, stay patient and let others beat themselves.

05 Ignore unsolicited swing advice.

Not too long ago, I was working with this player who was struggling. But a couple of strong finishes had him feeling better. At the next tournament he makes, like, eight birdies in the first round. Now he’s feeling really good. He stops by the putting green to hit a few, and a player he knows walks up to him and says: “I don’t know what you’re doing with your putting, but that’s not the way you used to set up.” A few minutes later another player comes over: “You don’t have your eyes over the ball the way you used to.” Now my guy doesn’t know what to think. He went from making everything he looked at to being a mess the next day.

You’ll have lots of well-meaning friends who want to give you advice. Don’t accept it. In fact, stop them before they can say a word. Their comments will creep into your mind when you’re on the course. If you’ve worked on your game, commit to the plan and stay confident.

06 Embrace your golf personality.

Some players like Anthony Kim love to socialize on the course. Others like Retief Goosen keep to themselves. The key is to find what works best for you. The toughest player, mentally and emotionally, I’ve ever worked with is Pat Bradley, the LPGA Tour Hall of Famer. She was like Ben Hogan — she didn’t talk to anybody when she played. She told me she didn’t have time to chat with players because she had an ongoing dialogue with herself. I still remember the day she called to tell me she was done. She’d been on the range before a tournament giving tips to other players. Later, on the first few holes, she found herself chitchatting with her playing partners. “I can’t play golf this way,” she told me. “I’m done. I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish.”

07 Have a routine to lean on.

I tell players to follow a mental and physical routine on every shot. It keeps you focused on what you have to do, and when the pressure is on, it helps you manage your nerves. A pre-shot routine helped Curtis Strange win his first U.S. Open, in 1988. Afterward he went home and watched the tape with his wife and kids. He told me they kept commenting on how cool and calm he looked. Curtis said to me: “I’m thinking, Who in the world are they talking about? They can’t be talking about me. I couldn’t get any moisture in my mouth. My heart was jumping out of my chest.” Curtis said he had so much emotion in his body it was unbelievable. He was working his tail off just to stay in the present, hit one shot at a time and not think about what it would mean to win the U.S. Open.

It’s easy to build up a tournament into something so huge that you can’t play.’

08 Find peace on the course.

When you practice hard and admit to yourself that you really want to win, it’s easy to build up a tournament into something so huge that you can’t play. I’ve seen amateurs not used to competing arrive two hours before their tee time and try to rebuild their golf swings. They become panicked practicers and try to perfect every area of their game. They get themselves so tied up in knots it’s ridiculous. Tour players do this, too. I’ve seen guys come to Augusta, rent a big house and invite their family and friends. When Thursday comes around, they start worrying: What if I miss the cut and disappoint everyone? The golf course has to be your sanctuary, the thing you love, and you can’t be afraid of messing up.

09 Test yourself in stroke play.

I’m a big believer that stroke play is real golf. I know lots of people who are good in matches who can’t play a lick at stroke play. But most guys who are good at stroke play also thrive in matches. When you have to count every shot, it’s a tougher game. Too often guys go out as a foursome and play “our best ball against your best ball.” That has its place, but stroke play makes you mentally tough.

10 Find someone who believes in you.

The greatest thing I’ve got going for me is my ability to believe in other people’s talents. I can see people doing things they can’t see themselves doing. Every champion needs that. Hogan once told me he considered quitting the game several times early in his career because he didn’t think he was providing for his wife the way he should. But Valerie wouldn’t let him quit. She knew he’d never be satisfied until he won majors. Having confidence in yourself is important, but it helps to have someone who believes in you, too, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, a teacher, or even a sport psychologist.

Update on Soloriders…

We now have the whole SoloRider lineup on our website for adaptive athletes and golf courses who want to comply with ADA and also increase your cart revenue. SoloRiders have proven that you can decrease your pace of play by as much as 35%. We have consumer financing and commercial lease financing as well as fleet financing for golf facilities.

Solorider Game Changer, Life Changer

Important Note

Starting September 10th we will be offering “gently used” Soloriders for resale to qualified retail customers. All of these units will go through a 58 point Quality check and will include replacement batteries and charging units when needed. These units will be offered with a limited 180 day warranty as well as the ability to purchase an extended 2 and 3 year warranty. For those who wish some customization, on select units we can provide vehicle wraps, custom upholstery and upgraded electronics. Stay tuned to our web store for inventory updates and pricing. These will be available on a “first come, first served” basis. We expect sales on these units to be brisk so check the store often.

Great article by one of our good friends and fellow vision impaired golfer, Jeremy Poincenot.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/community-voices-project/story/2020-07-16/commentary-what-if-we-celebrate-independence-too-much

Brendan Lawlor ready to make ‘huge step forward’ on Tour debut

https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/brendan-lawlor-ready-to-make-huge-step-forward-on-tour-debut-39479094.html

Brendan Lawlor is used to breaking new ground on the fairways and this week the Dundalk man will take another giant step on his remarkable journey when he becomes the first disability golfer to play in a European Tour event.

The Co Louth man (23) has a rare condition called Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, characterised by shorter stature and shorter limbs.

But that hasn’t stopped him turning professional and joining Ryder Cup player Tyrrell Hatton and LPGA Tour star Leona Maguire in Niall Horan’s Modest! Golf stable, earning an invitation to compete against Major winners Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer in the ISPS HANDA UK Championship at The Belfry this week.

“It’s just crazy,” said Lawlor, who is supported by Carton House, American Golf and adidas and yesterday became the first disability golfer to sign a professional club contract with TaylorMade.

“This week is a huge step forward for the inclusion of disability golfers in the game. I am not expecting to win the tournament but if I put two solid rounds together, which I know I can, I hope I will not be too far away from the cut line. It’s a massive ask but I love competing. I love to set goals and if you don’t set your goals as high as you can, sure where would you be?”

Ranked fourth in the world rankings for disability golf, Lawlor played in the Challenge Tour’s ISPS HANDA World Invitational Men|Women at Galgorm Castle last August, carding rounds of 78 and 74 to miss the cut.

“ISPS HANDA asked be to an ambassador and I was delighted they extended me an invitation this week to help promote the power of sport for everyone,” said Brendan, who turned professional late last year and joined Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in helping promote disabled golf at last year’s Presidents Cup.

Now he’s got a chance to compete against some of the game’s superstars with Lee Westwood and Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Niall Kearney also in the field.

“I always had the mentality to play at the highest level I could,” added Brendan, who has been paired with England’s Richard McEvoy and Denmark’s Jeff Winther for the first two rounds.

Confidence

“I played Senior Cup and Barton Shield for Dundalk against very good players. I might not beat the Caolan Raffertys of the world, but if you are competing close to their level, it gives you confidence.”

He’s no stranger to pressure, teeing it up in disability events played alongside the 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf and last year’s Scottish Open, KPMG Trophy and DP World Tour Championship.

“Those were integration events where disability golfers had their own event within the event,” he explained. “This is a bit of added pressure, to be actually competing against these guys. I am not here to win but enjoy it and hopefully people will watch me and take inspiration from it.”

Modest! Golf’s Mark McDonnell is simply inspired by Lawlor’s attitude to life.

“Signing Brendan is probably one of the most rewarding things we have done as a business,” McDonnell said. “He’s a trailblazer in every way. It’s not about what he scores this week but about giving hope to people out there who might not play sport because they are embarrassed to or they have a disability and don’t feel they’re welcome.

“If he can help people get into sport and help their mental health, he feels he’s doing a good job.”

Courtesy of the Irish Independent

How to use the power of positive thinking to improve your game

Lexi Thompson

When you’re preparing for your next shot, try think about what you WANT to do, not what you don’t want.

https://golf.com/instruction/how-use-power-positive-thinking-improve-game/