Industry News

Industry Notes: Monday, December 5, 2022

United States Golf Association nominates Fred Perpall as 67th president; The R&A announces AIG Women’s Open qualifying sites; Sportsbox AI launches version of its consumer app

Nominated: By the United States Golf Association, Fred Perpall of Dallas, Texas, to serve as the association's 67th president. If elected, Perpall will succeed Stu Francis of Hillsborough, California, who will conclude his three-year term in February 2023. Perpall, CEO of The Beck Group, is completing his fourth year on the Executive Committee, and his first as president-elect. He chairs the Championship Committee.

Confirmed: By The R&A, that The Buckinghamshire and Hankley Common will host qualifying events for the 2023 AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath. An 18-hole pre-qualifier will be played at The Buckinghamshire in Denham, England, on July 17, while a final qualifier — where a minimum of three players will get into the Open field — will be held Aug. 7 at Hankley Common in Surrey, England.

Announced: By the DP World Tour, PGA Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organization (JTGO), a partnership in which the top three players on the JGTO Order of Merit earn membership onto the DP World Tour for the ensuing season, beginning with the 2022-23 campaign. Also, the JGTO will work with both tours on other key business areas, including strategic development and commercial growth, as well as further discussion about future areas of collaboration and support.

Launched: By Sportsbox AI, the first version of its consumer app, Sportsbox 3D Practice, in the app store. The platform provides golfers of all abilities data-driven practices — with or without a coach — in an organized set of activities with easy-to-follow content that targets the swing change or "watchlist" item that golfers are trying to achieve. With a 3D Practice subscription, golfers have access to over 150 practice guides, with content from notable instructors as Erika Larkin, Terry Rowles, Jorge Parada, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson and Ken Macdonald. The consumer app is available in the app store to purchase for $15.99 a month or $110 per year.