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Shaun West, Franchise Manager at HB Studios, Developer on PGA Tour 2K23

The return of PGA Tour 2K23 is right around the corner and media got a taste of this new video game at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Rick talks to Shaun West, one of the developers of PGA Tour 2K23.

PGA TOUR 2K23 will feature PGA TOUR icon and all-time sports great Tiger Woods as the cover athlete. PGA TOUR 2K23 celebrates Tiger’s legacy by introducing him as both a playable in-game pro and an Executive Director advising the game development team.

PGA TOUR 2K23 Deluxe Edition and PGA TOUR 2K23 Tiger Woods Edition are scheduled for worldwide release on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, followed by PGA TOUR 2K23 Standard Edition on Friday, October 14, 2022. Featuring PGA TOUR icon and all-time sports great Tiger Woods as the cover athlete, PGA TOUR 2K23 celebrates Woods’ legacy by introducing him as both a playable in-game pro and an Executive Director advising the game development team.

West gives insight to the new game and what his main duties were. Also a little inside information on developing what is sure to be a hit game.


Edgar Evans Jr., Golf Professional, Atlanta Entrepreneur, ‘The Edgar 1’s’

Just days before the 2022 Masters Tournament, Atlanta entrepreneur Edgar Evans Jr. happily released his signature golf shoe, “The Edgar 1’s.”

The shoe was created to inspire the world and provide the youth of underserved communities with golf resources.

Evans joins Rick this week to talk about his shoes, golf and more!

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Evans learned the game of golf by watching the Golf Channel and reading Golf Digest. He continued to work hard and received a golf scholarship from Southern University A&M College. Today, Evans is a professional golf instructor and host of the Saturday Foursome television show.

See more at www.EdgarEvansJr.com.

This shows that early inspiration fuels desire to encourage others.

The concept of the Edgar 1’s started early when Evans was just 11 years old and  practiced his golf swing in his grandma’s backyard while wearing a pair of Scottie
Pippen II’s. Evans has gone on to be a golf professional and someone young golfers can look up to as their careers take flight.

Note: The Edgar 1’s are the signature shoe by Edgar Evans Jr. They are at the heart of everyone striving to chart their own success. These shoes are available FOR ONE WEEK ONLY April 2nd-10th. After midnight on April 10th they will never be sold in this color way ever again. After you place your order YOU WILL RECIEVE YOUR SHOES 15 weeks after April 10th. Please checkout the frequently asked question below. If you have any further questions please email us at edgar1s@gmail.com.

Edgar 1's Golf Shoe

Kyle Groth, CEO of Whiskers

Rick is joined this week on ‘Tech of Sports’ by Kyle Groth, CEO of Whiskers.

Whiskers’ Made-in-the-USA golf laces coordinate in style and color with the footwear and apparel brands PGA Tour players and amateur golfers’ wear. Crafted with ultra-durable poly-nylon tech weave and high-grade aglets, they are available in multiple styles, flat and oval shapes, and 30- to 45-inch lengths. Best sellers include navy and light blue, orange and white, berry and black, green and blue, and purple and pink. They also come in color palettes of college and professional sports teams.

“PGA Tour players and golfers worldwide are paying more attention to how they look. As an accent brand, Whiskers subtly adds to their unique personalities without being too loud.”

“Whiskers is reimagining a category that’s been long overlooked yet is now becoming an essential part of premium wardrobes,” says Groth. “Tour players are taking charge by personalizing and dressing up their shoes in fashionable and fun ways.”

The company plans to similarly outfit caddies, LPGA Tour players and social media influencers. Customizing laces is also on Whiskers’ roadmap.

In November, 2021 Whiskers entered the $84B annual golf economy that saw rounds climb more than 10% over 2020 with millennials – who especially relish self-expression that Whiskers laces promote – representing one of the fastest growing golf segments. Sales of golf equipment, apparel and accessories measurably rose in 2021.

In addition to golf, Whiskers designs and manufactures laces for dress and casual shoes, sneakers and boots. Overall, the company is creating a movement in becoming the world’s most iconic, inspirational, aspirational and ubiquitous premium footwear accessory.

Pete Charleston, Co- founder and President GolfLogix

What’s new from GolfLogix?

Pete Charleston, Co-founder and President stops by ‘Tech of Sports’ this week.

Charleston co-founded Premium Cigars International and helped take the company public on the Nasdaq. Charleston served as vice president of sales for Premium Cigars International, where he successfully launched an in-store humidor program in over 10,000 retail outlets, negotiating contracts representing over 25,000 retail locations and managed 50 sales reps. Charleston now leads GolfLogix’s marketing, sales, and business development efforts and helped successfully negotiate the acquisition of GolfLogix by Emigrant Capital Corp. in 2014. Having been in the golf GPS business since its inception in 1999, Charleston is one of the most experienced executives in the Golf GPS industry.

What’s new?

GolfLogix/EZGO are providing a solution to golf course customers that will allow walkers to be tracked in their Textron Fleet Management (TFM) system along with the golf cart riders. GLX built features that show up only if they at an EZGO course.

Benefits to Course

Track walkers on their clubhouse pace management screen
Send page of play, inclement weather, and other types of messages to walkers
Walkers can use GLX App to order food/beverages
Cart riders will see GLX Approach view w/ QR code ability to purchase GLX App and/or GLX Green Books

Benefits to Golfer

Access to all existing GLX App features w/ option to upgrade to Plus
Ability for walkers to order food through the GLX App
Distance to Pin -course will set daily pin position and all walkers will see them in GLX App
Blind shot notifications – golfers will see players in fairway ahead which will add safety


Holly Sonders, Golf Personality, Model, Social Media

Rick is joined this week on “Tech of Sports” by former Golf Channel and FOX Sports broadcaster, Holly Sonders. Her story is an incredible one, rising to fame through golf broadcasting and becoming one of the first “womenpreneurs” in the Sports and modeling world through social media.

Holly is candid and insightful as the former college golfer talks about NIL deals, how she is using social media as a female entrepreneur creating a multi-million dollar business online. Her new love interest with Celebrity Boxer Oscar de la Hoya and how she helped him when he had COVID and was hospitalized a few months ago.

She’s in the tech space as her new NFT just dropped is already priced at over $10k, which includes exclusive access to the NFT community and never before released photos.

That and some great Golf Channel stories. It’s great to catch up with Holly.



Dr. Stephen Liu, FORME and the Forme Tour

Rick talks with Dr. Stephen Liu this week, the man behind FORME and the Forme Tour.

FORME is a transformative solution to daily posture training and lifestyle improvement and Dr. Liu. Additionally, Forme has created the PGA Tour sanctioned Forme Tour to help disadvantaged, minority and Canadian players boost their careers. The top 5 point earners are exempt into the Korn Ferry Tour so a good opportunity for a bunch of golfers who need it.

With athletes in mind, Forme, founded by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Liu, created the Core Tee and sports bra designed to correct and train alignment of the spine/neck/shoulder/hip and increase joint movement, reduce injuries, boost recovery and provide better breathing for increased oxygenation intake. It is a sports and lifestyle wearable therapeutic. While Whoop is a wearable, it is purely a diagnostic; Forme is a wearable therapeutic.

The Forme shirt instantly pulls your shoulders down and back, correcting posture and stance for optimal form, comfort and breathing. You don’t have to do anything but put it on. No stretching, no exercising, no charging. Forme trains and nurtures your body’s alignment, giving you posture that allows you to perform, think and live at your highest level while enhancing the fundamental basics of your biomechanics so that you can make the most use of your body.

It quickly became a hit with U.S. Olympic teams, NBA, MLB, and NHL athletes and both the men’s and women’s U.S. national rugby teams. Now dozens of PGA pros, their caddies and trainers are using it including Harold Varner III, Ben Han, Jared Wolfe (exempt on the PGA tour in 2022), Rohan Ramnath and Adam Scott’s caddie John Limonti and leading trainers and instructors. Images of HV3, (including one of him stretching with Forme under his Nike gear) Ben and John are attached. Data from Sheldon Roberts, HV3’s trainer, showing improvement from his clients are also attached.

While created for athletes, Forme has benefits for non-athletes as well as 70% of the population sits at least 6 hours a day in front of a computer or TV or traveling on a plane. Bad posture has become public enemy #1 for both golfers and non-golfers. The shirt is designed as a natural and sustainable solution for anyone with back and neck issues as the wearable therapeutic naturally trains your muscles to always be in correct posture. “I wear the shirt when I’m flying from event to event and when I am training. Sometimes I even sleep in it. The biggest difference I see in my body is good posture from wearing the shirt”-HV3.

Great to talk with Dr. Liu.