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Purgatory On Display at Augusta Regional Airport

By: tenna on March 6th, 2018
Delicately Tending the Flag
Delicately Tending the Flag

Delicately Tending the Flag

In case you hadn’t heard, artwork created at Purgatory Golf Club is going to be on display at the Augusta Regional Airport from April 1, 2018 through June 30th, which means it will be there during the Masters golf tournament. Augusta Regional Airport is the local commercial airport in Augusta Georgia, home of the Masters. Below is the story we prepared and sent out to the press.

Award-winning Noblesville artist, Christine Merchent’s body of work, Ballerinas on the Green will be featured at the Augusta Regional Airport during the 2018 Masters Tournament. Ballerinas on the Green is a fine art photography series that combines classical ballet themes on a golf course backdrop.

Merchent and Augusta Regional Airport Communications Manager, Lauren Smith, had several conversations in 2017 about Merchent’s unique body of work, Ballerinas on the Green. The Airport’s Art Committee selected Merchent’s work to be featured April – June, which means it will be on display during the Masters Tournament April 2 through April 8th.

“The Augusta Regional Airport is thrilled to have Mrs. Merchent’s work on display during Masters week. Her portrait style will not only attract attention from golf fans, but the dance community as well. The Airport Art Committee thought the Airport would be the perfect venue to highlight her creative talent,” said Lauren Smith, spokesperson for the Augusta Regional Airport.

Augusta National does not release ticket sales, but it is estimated that over 250,000 visitors to attend each year. Many of those visitors will see 5 pieces from Merchent’s Ballerinas on the Green as they pass through the Augusta Airport.

Merchent’s passion for sports, and particularly golf, comes from spending countless hours watching and photographing her son who plays golf for Noblesville High School. Merchent and her husband own Purgatory Golf Club.

It is a dream come true for Merchent to be part of one of professional golf’s major championships. In the art world, this is the ‘green jacket,’ so to speak. The Masters Tournament is the first major of the year and is held at the same location every year, the Augusta National Golf Club. The other three professional major championships are held at different locations every year.

Just like the ever-changing Augusta National course, the art world has also changed and shifted over the last 85 years. Merchent is the first to approach fine art photography pairing ballerinas and golfers together on a golf course.

“The golf course is my studio. Replacing golfers with ballerinas makes it a fantasy. But because every other element in the art is so true to the game, it feels like it could happen. The project as a whole also highlighted two very different junior sports,” Merchent said.

Merchent studied over 21,000 junior golf images to develop the stories that she brought to life with the project. The body of work features Noblesville High School golfers and local ballerinas all shot at Purgatory Golf Club.

Indiana PGA Executive Director, Mike David, was one of the first to view the artwork. “To start with, the poses she caught of the golfers and dancers are beautiful and the colors spectacular. But I was overwhelmed by the similarities between dance and golf. Seeing the similarities from a grace and athleticism stand point, I found most interesting. At first, I was kind of taken aback by how two totally opposite sports are on the same playing field. But the more you look the more you see the grace and beauty and how the two naturally tie together. You have a whole new understanding and appreciation of both sports. It does almost seem natural, having the two together,” said Indiana PGA Executive Director, Mike David.

Ron Kern, Golf Course Architect of Purgatory Golf Club, who is also a photographer says, “Christine Merchent’s photographs captures the essence and spirit of two quite different pursuits, the art of ballet and the game of golf.  Merchent’s body of work blends ballet and golf into a beautiful tandem through intelligent visualization and a sympathetic and creative use of light.”

Merchent was named the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts Artist of the Year and was also juried into the prestigious 2017 Center Santa Fe Review. In 2014, Merchent was recognized as a Top Ten Photographer in the state of Indiana that was awarded by the Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild, and the Indiana State Fair for overall print case score. In 2015, she was recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) International Photographic Competition (IPC).

Her Game is En Pointe

Her Game is En Pointe

Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

Teeing it Up

Teeing it Up

Stretching Swan

Stretching Swan

 

For more information:

Rachael Coverdale

Coverdale Consulting

317-518-2243

Great Visit with Dr. Karl Danneberger

By: tenna on January 25th, 2017

All the staff here at Purgatory Golf Club enjoyed our visit today with esteemed college professor Dr. Karl Danneberger from the department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University. I originally came into contact with Karl because he & I had both just published a book on iTunes. Well he lapped me a long time ago on that front as I still have only 2 and he has 14 books on iTunes now! If you haven’t downloaded any of his books for your iPhone or iPad, you need to. They are extremely well written and include amazing photos, great descriptions & informative videos. He even has one iBook that is a golf puzzle book. My son Clay was playing with it last night and really enjoyed it.

So that was 3 years ago, and we’ve only communicated by e-mail up until today. Karl was kind enough to drop by to see my art show Ballerinas on the Green. After we looked at the art, we had lunch with several members of our staff. I could have sat there all day, he had so many interesting stories about traveling the world consulting on golf courses from here to Egypt and everywhere in between. We talked about online classes, and what he is doing to make them more engaging, mole crickets, chemical treatments and new advancements in technology such as self driving putting green mowers. The time went so quickly. I can only imagine what a great professor he must be because he has an entertaining story on just about every subject.

What a great way to spend an otherwise dreary winter day. Thank you Karl for coming by, and don’t forget to download his books if you haven’t done so already!

 

PGC Crew & Karl

Karl visits PGC

Alan Hinds on Love and Golf

By: Tony Adragna on February 7th, 2014

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Alan Hinds, the Hamilton County Amateur Tournament Chairman, wrote a very interesting piece on the Visit Hamilton County blog.

His post spoke of the increase of couples playing golf together, and thoughts from both males and females about it.

To read the entire post, click here.

Golf Course Management iBook Video Review

By: purgatorygolf on October 27th, 2013

This is a video review of the free iBook Golf Course Management.

State Professors wrote and published it.

To find it in iTunes use the following link https://itun.es/us/iaGoJ.l

You can read it on an iPad or a Mac computer if you have upgraded to the operating system Maverick, because it has an iBooks reader. It cannot however be read on an iPhone.

They wrote it to compliment their online and introductory turfgrass management course.

If you’re a serious golfer, you need this book. It is loaded with so much great information, text, pictures, charts, movies and audio recordings. You can go out to dinner after a round of golf and wow your golf buddies with you amazing video and knowledge of how the Stimpmeter got its name.

It covers all the basics you would expect from an introductory turfgrass book such as:

  • Different types of grass,
  • Warm friendly grass like Zoysa and Bermuda grass,
  • Cool temperature grass like fescues and bentgrass.
  • Mowing height and how it impacts the grain of the putting green,
  • Irrigation
  • Aerifying or coring
  • The Stimpmeter, and where that name came from
  • Rolling the greens

The part I thought was the most interesting was the section on turfgrass pests. It has the most terrifying pictures of golf courses gone bad. It covers disease, insects and weeds.

 

Amerisure – Indiana Manufacturer’s Association Golf Outing 2013

By: Tony Adragna on September 17th, 2013

Amerisure – Indiana Manufacturer’s Association held their annual golf outing benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation at Purgatory Golf Club on Monday, September 16.

The outing was an 18 hole scramble, with a closest to the pin and a longest drive competition.

Following the scramble, a silent auction was held in the dining hall during the dinner hours.

A child that had been granted a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation also shared her story.

Look below for video from the event:

Golf Skate Caddy

By: purgatorygolf on June 18th, 2013

This is standing, ride on, battery powered,  golf club carrying device my son is drooling over.  It’s from Australia, and as far as I can tell it is not available in the States, although we are checking on it. If you want to check out their website it is http://www.golfskatecaddy.com.au.

Free iPhone book

By: purgatorygolf on May 28th, 2013

Front 9 iPhone book cover

We also have a book for your iPhone. It covers the front 9 for each hole it includes:

  • A description of how to play the hole
  • A flyover video
  • High quality images
  • An illustration of the hole including yardages created by golf course architect Ron Kern

It is only available from our website. We hope to have one soon that covers the back 9.

It is a large file and will take several minutes to download.

I made a brief video that walks you through how to import your new book into iTunes so you can read it on your iPhone.

You will also need to download the free ibooks app onto your phone to read this book.

 

Purgatory Artwork on Time Square & Las Vegas

By: purgatorygolf on May 21st, 2013

As part of our recent iBooks press release our artwork appeared on both Times Square in New York City, and on the Clear Channel sign in Las Vegas. So these images are the real deal, not something I Photoshopped together. Fun isn’t it?

Examiner.com’s Great Article on our iBook

By: purgatorygolf on May 15th, 2013
A screen grab from Examiner.com

Attribute Examiner.com & Rick Limpert

There’s a wonderful new article by Rick Limpert on the Examiner.com covering our recently released iBooks. Wow, I don’t think I could have written the article better myself. He included 5 screen grabs, links to iTunes for both books, and cover art. It’s great to hear an outsider’s thoughts on the books:

“So my hat is off to the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana for releasing a brand new high tech book/app through iTunes showing off this beautiful course the people of Indiana should be very proud of.”

Rick Limpert is a tech savvy writer, and it shows up in his work. This Examiner.com article includes a slide show, and the post on his site from the PGA Tour Radio show on Sirius radio, channel 93 includes the complete audio from the show.

It’s great to have an early adopter like Rick Limpert appreciate our cutting edge iBooks.