Thursday, August 30, 2012

Golf for Free Across America to Support Combat Veterans and their Families is proud to announce that they are kicking off a national golf tour featuring free golf at any course in the country and opportunity to play with former NFL and MLB legends for charity. The tour features a program that allows any foursome to enroll and then play for free at top PGA and resort courses across America.


This exciting event is to support our nations combat veterans and families. The event is a great way for golfers to live their dream playing at top courses around the country and also allow courses to drive more rounds each year.  Victor Luebker, CEO of calls this "the most exciting promotion to come along in years in the world of golf".


The program is in support of our nations heroes and supports scholarships for veterans and the spouses and children of our fallen warriors. The tour can be found at  and it will also feature a weekend of celebrity events for charity in select cities.


The next event is 28 Sep, 2012 in Brevard County, FL at Duran golf course sponsored by Victory Casino Cruises. This event will be open to the public and 100% free of charge and kicks of the one year push to play 1,000,000 hole4heroes.  This is a national program with great opportunities for local, regional, and national companies and courses to partner, sponsor, and help us raise funds to help train and put our veterans and families back to work. The scholarships are for real time job training related programs that help get people working in less than six months.


Mr. Luebker said, "there are some great college level programs but no real program that is focused on getting people ready to work and hired in the short term, this program does that".


Golfers across the country are encouraged to join us and play a round of golf on us for our nation’s heroes.  We set the golfer up with a custom pledge program that pays for the golf and supports our charity work while supporting the game of golf and courses around the country.  Golfers can pick a world class resort like Trump, a PGA tour stop, or your dream golf vacation location and play free for our heroes. Veterans are encouraged to play as a way to relax and find therapy on the course as a tool for dealing with PTSD, depression and life changing injuries.  It’s a win-win-win event.


To join the tour visit as a partner, golfer, or supporting golf course looking to sponsor or hire our veterans and families today contact: or




 Contact: Victor Luebker, CEO Hope4heroes



"We are excited and proud to offer this program for the game of golf and most important our nations heroes.  Golf is a great way to get veterans dealing with PTSD, depression and life changing injuries out and active and on the road to recovery," Victor Luebker



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Monday, August 27, 2012

Mobitee GPS Golf App introduces Emily to teens and adults using French flair

After watching a new 30-second commercial "teaser" from Mobitee Mobile Golf Assistant recently, I thought it interesting to share it with you.


The golfer, a single-digit handicapper named "Emily", has quite a remarkable golf swing and, to me, is a good representation of the growing legion of young golfers learning the sport.


Emily is also dressed très chic which I heard was done on purpose as Mobitee, a top iTunes app in France with over 100,000 downloads overall, is being introduced to the U.S. Market in the iTunes App Store. For a free trial download of the app, visit


"'Emily' was created as a means to humanize the Mobitee brand- to find a commonality and bridge the digital gap between it's younger and older users," said Derek Jennings who, represents YoCappLLC, the U.S. distributor for Mobitee. " Inspired by "Amelie" and "The Artist" as an homage to the French-developed Mobitee, Emily has that certain "je ne sais quoi."


I happen to use Mobitee on the golf course and I found the "teaser" commercial to be simple and to the point, much like the GUI of their iphone and android based app.


Jennings also related that this "teaser" is the beginning of exciting things to come for Mobitee: updates to the software are being designed to add additional social media functionality and more ...but everything is on the Q-T for now.


Here is the commercial featuring Emily and Mobitee's Golf GPS app for iPhone, Android and Windows smart phones. I have also posted the press release that I received below. If you cannot see the embedded golf video below, the link is located in this paragraph. ENJOY!



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Mobitee GPS Rangefinder App Introduces 30-Second Golf Commercial


Los Angeles, CA:  Mobitee GPS smart phone app has created a golf commercial to entice adults as well as more young adults into the sport.  Entitled "Emily", this "teaser" helps acquaint American golfers and, in particular, teens, to Mobitee, an innovative virtual golf coach for iPhone, Android and other mobile devices.


Mobitee realized the importance of growing the game of golf and where better to start than with teenagers? A recent report by stated that 31% of teens ages 14-17 have a smart phone, so why not use it to help them to improve their golf game?


The 30-second “teaser” video has officially been uploaded to Mobitee’s YouTube site and offers a brief look into some of the features of the app. The full version of the golf video (to be released next week) will expand upon a day in the life of the star of the video, “Emily”, a thirteen-year-old single digit handicap golfer who heads to the local publinks for a day of golf with her dad. Like most kids her age, Emily pulls out her smart phone and opens the Mobitee golf app hoping to share its unique features with her father.


Mobitee, a leader in GPS golf app technology for smart phones with over 100,000 downloads of the software reported, is consistently a top-five paid golf app on ITunes in France and one of the top 50 Paid Apps in the iTunes Sports Category in the US.  Currently, Mobitee is one of a few sports apps featured in Apple’s iOS App Store’s “What’s Hot” section. The app is also available on numerous app marketplaces on the internet.


Mobitee has received accolades from Les App Awards 2011, was called the Best Productivity App in OVI Store “Calling all Innovators” Awards (2010) and is also the winner of three Awards at NAVTEQ 2010 Global LBS Challenge. said that Mobitee has “tools that have been developed by golfers for golfers”


Mobitee is excited that, with its innovative and user-friendly features- including a rangefinder, shot tracker, flyover video, club recommender, scorecard and much more, this app can utilize social media and cutting –edge technology to guide, instruct and improve the golf game of not only its faithful adult fold, but that of young, emerging golfers as well. It’s so easy, Mobitee says, even an adult can use it! 


“Mobitee is not a simple gadget application or a very complicated software,” says Stan Chapus, CEO of Mobitee. “It is a real tool to help every golfer.  It is a virtual caddie, a reliable golf companion.”



A French company which has successfully brought their GPS/Rangefinder app software to the U.S. Market, Mobitee boasts seventeen full-time, committed developers who have created an ever-evolving multifunctional GPS Golf App which can also be used as a scorecard, rangefinder,  shot tracker, club recommender and more for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smart phones . A free trial version is available at and complete paid version is under twenty-five dollars with free updates and no annual subscription fees.



For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Jennings



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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Should Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson be automatic Ryder Cup picks?

With three tournament wins this season for Tiger Woods and top ranking in the FedEx Cup rankings, exclusion from the Ryder Cup would be out of the question. For Phil Mickelson, however, an automatic qualification should not have necessarily been clear-cut.

The eight official automatic 2012 Ryder Cup picks not made by Team USA Captain Davis Love III are (not necessarily in order of popularity):


1. Tiger Woods:  Three wins in 2012 but struggled most recently at the PGA Championship and in the majors in general. Of course Tiger's "C" game is akin to most tour players' "A" game.

2. Phil Mickelson: One win at the ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am, M/C three times and slid in to 14th place on the money list with a lackluster season. Perhaps it's time for Mickelson to turn in the spikes for cleats?

3. Bubba Watson: A Masters win this season and being top-8 in the Official World Golf Rankings makes the second lefty on the list more of a shoe-in than likeable Phil but cuts at both the Memorial and the U.S. Open (when the pressure was on) makes Bubba questionable as well.

4. Jason Dufner: This was definitely Dufner's year with wins at the Zurich Classic and at the HP Byron Nelson. Second place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a follow-up 4th place at the U.S. Open makes Dufner a rising star on the PGA Tour.

5. Keegan Bradley: Aside from being a very likeable fellow, Keegan is also a solid golfer and good clutch player. He also recently won the WGC-Bridgestone and just tied for third place at the PGA Championship. Right now, he's hot.

6. Webb Simpson: Winner of the 2012 U.S. Open....enough said.

7. Zach Johnson: Two wins this season and 4th on the PGA Tour money list. Johnson's stats include ranking 11th in putting and second place in strokes gained in putting.

8.  Matt Kuchar: Cut from the PGA Championship but first in top-10 finishes this year and 9th in scrambling from the rough on the PGA Tour.

These players are Team USA's representation at the Ryder Cup and I will be cheering them on to victory and to getting the Cup back onto US soil. Team Europe won the 2010 Ryder Cup matches by a score of 14.5 t0 13.5. Team Europe will most likely include Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald but the final decisions are to be made after the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Tiger Woods may not have won a major and may have struggled this season to regain his form but he still shows signs of progress and remains a strong contender for Team USA. Mickelson will once again have to prove to himself, more than to his loyal fans, that he still has what it takes to compete against the up and coming golfers on the PGA Tour.

The four final spots for Team USA 2012 Ryder Cup will be chosen on September 4th with Captain of the Love boat considering Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker (one of my personal favorites and the golfer who almost bumped Mickelson off the Ryder Cup team) and Jim Furyk who Love said were "high on the list." The Wyndham Championship this week may be a deciding factor for Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas. Love said, "we want to see how they play. Obviously, we don't have to go tell them that they are under the gun."

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Is money still a motivator for Tiger Woods, Mickelson at PGA Championship?

Since I could not attend (via telephone) a recent press conference held by Golf Channel with Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo (aka @FrankNobiloGC), I received the transcript in which the analysts spoke about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s dwindling chances to win the 2012 PGA Championship.  Woods has certainly bounced back strong this season from debilitating problems on the home front but his mindset may not be ready for the majors. And what about Phil Mickelson’s chances…Is his crippling illness forcing him out of the game?




With regards to Tiger Woods’ likelihood to win the PGA Championship, Chamblee spoke about the unpredictability of the Ocean course and Tiger’s past weakness opening the doors to a lot of different players. Frank Nobilo noted that “he's at least been able to contend” and that the Ocean Course, “gives him a little bit of leeway and it's a big golf course.”


As for Mickelson, analyst Frank Nobilo pointed to Phil’s arthritic condition forcing a slowdown and having Lefty take life at a more leisurely pace with his family. With regards to Mickelson’s level of play, Frank noted, “there's been more time away from the game this year than ever before.  And you know, physically, he just doesn't look 100 percent. Obviously his game is not sharp.”


Chamblee also made mention of Mickelson having to adjust his golf game in light of his slowed swing speed (down from 120 to 116 mph over the past couple of years.) The average golfer’s swing speed, as noted by, states that Tour professionals average a swing speed of 105-110mph, LPGA Tour golfers “are measured at between 90 and 100 mph” and that, “the average female golfer swings between 60 and 70 mph.” Mickelson still has a healthy swing speed and, as long as his tempo remains fluid, I think he can manage his game.


The Golf Channel moderator then asked,

“How long do you think that he (Phil Mickelson) can stay motivated into his 40s, given what he's accomplished, and what's left to accomplish?


Brandel Chamblee said that Mickelson is motivated to win a career Grand Slam and still has a chance to win the U.S. Open.


Finally, does winning a major championship to these two veteran golfers, and to the rest of the field, have the same meaning as it once did?


Chamblee bluntly answered, no, not from a monetary standpoint but yes from a historical one.


Historically, for example, “when Shawn Micheel walks by, the first thing you think about is the 7-iron he hit to the final green winning the PGA Championship.”


Monetarily it may not mean that much to the higher ranked players, “Anywhere on the Money List, you're making deep seven figure incomes,” said Chamblee pointing out that Luke Donald earned twenty-five million dollars in the past two years without ever winning a major.”


Frank Nobilo disagreed, “that's what Tiger Woods is chasing right now.  And guys realize that it is their meal ticket.  People look at Adam Scott not winning, it's cost him about $20 million.”


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