Wednesday Oct 06, 2021

FIRST THOUGHT

In August, new LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan outlined a 100-day plan that included a hard look at the schedule. On Tuesday, the LPGA announced sweeping changes to the ANA Inspiration, the tour's first major. Chevron signed a six-year deal to become the title sponsor starting in 2022, the purse will increase 60 percent to $5 million and, in 2023, the Houston area will replace Mission Hills as the host site. Marcoux Samaan is clearly making her presence felt.

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Q&A: Dan Mechem
Dan Mechem is the newly minted NextLinks CEO after a varied professional career that included being U.S. Senator John McCain’s press secretary, serving as a White House correspondent and Emmy-winning investigative reporter, and rising to vice president at Nielsen Online. Mechem, whose father Charles was the LPGA's commissioner from 1991-1995, shares his key principles to business success and how his past and the pandemic have shaped his view of work.   

The First Call: Please give us a short overview of your company.
Dan Mechem: NextLinks is a new tech driven indoor golf company that takes the experience of Topgolf to the next level with our proprietary technology and player experience.

TFC: What are key elements to leadership or to being a good leader?
DM: Honesty, integrity and hard work. 

TFC: What changes, if any, have you made based on the events of the past year?
DM: I just started this job as CEO recently, so I have not had time to impact our company yet. But regarding the pandemic as a major event in the past year, I value more than ever living a full and abundant life, because my wife's mother and brother both died of COVID.  

TFC: What's the secret to your success?
DM: Working harder and smarter than most. But retaining humility and never losing my temper around employees. 

TFC: Knowing what you know today, what professional advice would you give a younger you?
DM: I would tell him to not sweat the little things. And let him know that you will fail sometimes. That's OK. Learn from your mistakes, dust yourself off and get back to work on living your dream.

Precision Pro

Fact of the Day
DID YOU KNOW?
The five most common private golf course names are:
1. Rolling Hills Country Club
2. Hillcrest Country Club
3. Meadowbrook Country Club
4. Indian Hills Country Club
5. Riverside Country Club

Source: Longitudes Group Green Grass database
INDUSTRY NEWS
Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort ranks No. 14 on 'Best Resort in the South' list as voted on by readers
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The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., club's general manager and chief operating officer played a combined 216 holes of golf on Sept. 17 to raise funds for the First Tee of the Palm Beaches
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Partnership will expand upon the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation’s programming by giving its more than 5,000 members access to nearly 1,700 courses for $5 or less
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The Lake Ozark, Mo., destination, through its Stay for P.I.N.K. and Play for P.I.N.K. initiatives, is raising funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation throughout October
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Southorn to oversee of construction and agronomy for Troon International
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Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf and Spa Resort, and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort are among the Top 20 Resorts in Western Mexico as voted on in the publication's Readers’ Choice Awards
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Fazio Design overhauls historic Long Island club, renovation included removing 66 bunkers and expanding course to nearly 7,200 yards
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The Charlevoix, Mich., club will send two members and its head golf professional to represent the United States in the annual Hickory Grail Cup Matches, Oct. 24-29 at St. Andrews' Old Course
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Sanderson Farms Championship winner wears Pins Thintech metal hybrid in Adidas G21 shoes; while ShopRite LPGA Classic winner wears Pulsar spikes in FootJoys
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Hired: By Arccos Golf, noted golf data analyst Lou Stagner as Data Insights Lead. Stagner will focus on refining and expanding Arccos’ existing data offerings, along with helping conceive and develop new projects.

FEATURES
Mastering the art of 'nimble amnesia'
Ron Powers, Full Swing Simulators' head of swing suite division, joins the 'ModGolf Podcast' to discuss moving on from failed ideas, skills-based gaming as the future of gambling and more
#QOTD
"We didn’t set out to build a product. We set out to solve a problem."
— Naval Ravikant
CALENDAR

NOVEMBER
9-10: National Golf Course Owners Association Multi-Course and Resort Operators Retreat 2021, Monterey, Calif. | Info
21-24: World Golf Expo 2021, Hainan, China | Info

JANUARY
25-28: PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

FEBRUARY
5-10: GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, San Diego, Calif. | Info

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