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Industry Notes: Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Former N.Y. Knicks president / GM Stephen Mills elected to the LPGA Board of Directors; Foxhills Club and Resort appoints Sean Graham as new director of golf

Promoted: By Foxhills Club and Resort, Sean Graham as its new director of golf. Graham, who previously served as the club's head of golf operations and retail, will oversee the Chertsey, England, club's major golf course modernization project.

Announced: By OptiShot Golf, the expansion of its golf simulator technology with the new BallFlight launch monitor and Orbit golf simulator swing pad that allow customers to further customize and personalize their at-home golf simulator bundles.

Announced: By Play Today, a $1.2 million (AU) investment by Clive Mayhew, a tech entrepreneur, investor and chair of Fishburners, to launch the web3 golf company. The Play Today scoring app will allow golfers to connect online and feature an integrated consumer digital wallet, a golf NFT marketplace and a golf MetaVerse.

Announced: By NBC Sports, it will air more than 16 hours of coverage from this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii. First- and second-round coverage will be shown live in primetime from 6-10 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel and Peacock. Saturday and Sunday’s coverage will begin on NBC and Peacock from 4-6 p.m. ET and continue from 6-8 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and Peacock.

Announced: By the LPGA, that Stephen C. Mills, former president and general manager of the New York Knicks, has been elected to the LPGA Board of Directors as an independent director for 2023. Retiring from the LPGA Board of Directors is Diane Gulyas, chair and former senior executive for DuPont, LLC. John Veihmeyer, retired chairman of KPMG International, replaces Gulyas as the new Board chair. Also, Gemma Dryburgh, Mel Reid, Elizabeth Szokol and Kelly Tan have been elected to the LPGA Board as player directors, succeeding Lydia Ko, Amy Olson, Alena Sharp and Michelle Wie West, whose terms expired.

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