Go with the flow

Imagine a warm summer day, a slight breeze is blowing, and you are carrying a hand-picked picnic basket stocked with your favorite snacks and drinks. You are excited as you ready yourself for the beautiful, nature-filled, leisurely canoe ride that awaits you.

After much anticipation, alas, you reach your destination. However, your leisurely adventure suddenly turns anything but relaxing. Without hesitation, you put your boat in going upstream. That’s right, instead of putting your boat in the water heading downstream, only needing to navigate the boat as nature leads you down the course, you instead must paddle against the natural flow of the river. You quickly wonder why you are not making any headway. You are standing still for a moment. Then unexpectedly, you begin sliding backward. You are left confused and bewildered. Read more about Go with the flow

Duramed FUTURES tour trains the next generation of LPGA stars

Before Lorena Ochoa, Christie Kerr, Meg Mallon, Karrie Webb and Laurie Davies ascended on the LPGA’s main stage, they all paid their dues by playing on the LPGA’s development tour. As the Nationwide Tour is to the men’s game, the Duramed FUTURES Tour has been the gateway to the top level of women’s golf for the past 29 years. The best and brightest women professionals, from around the world, compete all season long for a chance to play on the LPGA Tour. The top 10 money winners on the Duramed FUTURES Tour at the end of the season earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the following year.

The tour’s 2009 season that started in Winter Haven, Fla., in March is well underway and will take a weekly full field of 144 young women professionals, from a membership of more than 300 players from 31 different nations and 40 U.S. states, to 17 tournaments in 14 states, ending in Albany, N.Y., in early September. The competition is fierce, but training is invaluable. The 2008 average winning score on the Duramed FUTURES Tour was 3-under par 69. Twenty-one Duramed FUTURES Tour members earned their 2009 LPGA Tour membership at LPGA Q-School and a Duramed FUTURES Tour alum has won the LPGA’s top rookie honors for four of the last seven years, including two of the last three years. “The Duramed FUTURES Tour has consistently provided the next generation of talent to the LPGA and continues to showcase the best up-and-coming players from around the world,” said Zayra F. Calderon, CEO of the Duramed FUTURES Tour. Read more about Duramed FUTURES tour trains the next generation of LPGA stars