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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

Ballerinas on the Green Art Show at PGC

By: tenna on January 4th, 2017
Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

The Purgatory clubhouse will begin hosting its first art show on January 13th. The show is made up of modern fine art photography created by our very own co-owner Christine Merchent, you can see samples of the work at http://www.christinemerchentart.com/ballerinas-on-the-green. All of these amazing images were captured right here at Purgatory Golf Club.

The show is titled Ballerinas on the Green as the imagery most often combines delicate ballerinas with a golf story. The show opens January 13th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with the ballerinas and golfers being presented at 7:15. Hint, hint, make sure you are there for the presentation. The show will be up until February 17th. Below is the press release sent out describing the project.

We hope you can all come out to see this unique art. You’ll never see Purgatory Golf Club in quite the same way 😉

Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 3, 2016

 

Purgatory Golf Club to Host “Ballerinas on the Green”

Local art show to inspire young athletes

 

NOBLESVILLE, IN – Purgatory Golf Cub will host “Ballerinas on the Green” art reception on January 13th from 6:00p.m – 9:00p.m. Christine Merchent, co-owner of Purgatory Golf Club, is the artist and vision behind “Ballerinas on the Green.”

 

Merchent’s vision for this project came to her after seeing a photo by Joe McNally, of a ballerina in surroundings that were a strong contrast to her delicacy and beauty. She thought ballerinas juxtaposed against a golf course would be a beautiful setting for a photography project, but also provide a platform to bring attention to involvement in junior athletics.

 

“In the world of sports, the PGA and other organizations are always trying to find new ways to get young people interested sports. If a young man or woman looks at these images, I hope it will inspire them to get involved in golf or ballet,” Merchent said.

 

The project came to life as Merchent lined up local young athletes from the Ballerinas Academy of Dance, the Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and the Noblesville High School boys golf team. She took inspiration from the 21,000 images of the golf team she captured last spring as the team’s photographer. Merchent even had a secret Pinterest board of ‘bad ballet’ photography that inspired her on what not to do. Soon enough, her vision and story developed over time, and the project took on a life of it’s own.

 

The “Ballerinas on the Green” event is free and open to the public. All of the artwork will be available for purchase. “Ballerinas on the Green” will remain on display and available for purchase to the public from January 13 – February 17 at Purgatory Golf Club. The evening will be filled with attendees dressed up according to the theme, Gowns and Golf, food available for purchase and a cash bar. The golfers and ballerinas will be presented at 7:15 and available for photos and autographs immediately following.

 

Upon the opening of the show, Merchent hopes this is only the beginning of “Ballerinas on the Green.”

 

“I plan to approach galleries, and other places that display fine art photography. Publishing this project as a book may be in the future as well. I will also plan to take this to New York in the fall for portfolio reviews,” says Merchent.

 

Merchent has an eclectic background that influences her art and photography. She has a degree in economics and comes from a corporate background. However, her talent and passion for story telling, art and photography has never let up. Being a co-owner of Purgatory, which is run by a management company, has allowed her to combine her love for golf and the arts. At Purgatory, 98% of the photography used comes from Merchent. She is also the motivation behind the new 11’ tall sculpture behind the 1st tee.

 

Merchent has taken numerous classes, been mentored and received private tutoring from several respected photographers in the industry. She was recently accepted to The School of Visual Arts in New York, one of the top photography schools in the world.

 

You can learn more about “Ballerinas on the Green” here: http://www.christinemerchentart.com/ballerinas-on-the-green

 

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Press Contact:

Rachael Coverdale, Coverdale Consulting

317-518-2243

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

 

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.

Kristi Cardwell Defends Title at Indiana PGA Women’s Open

By: Abbi Magsamen on June 29th, 2013

Scoreboard

109 of Indiana’s top women’s golfers took to the links at Purgatory Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday for the 20th Indiana PGA Women’s Open. After two days and 36 holes of golf, Kristi Cardwell, a professional from Kokomo, defended her back to back championship title. The win makes Kristi the first woman to win the open both as an amateur and a professional.

After day one , Kristi launched herself into the lead shooting a 67 on a very challenging Par 72 setup. Day two, Kristi dominated the field again, shooting a 70 and taking the top spot at -7 for the tournament. Second place was held by amateur, Jenna Hague, of Muncie, shooting even for the tournament.

 

20th INDIANA PGA WOMEN’S OPEN

By: Alan Hinds on June 23rd, 2013

Brooke BeegleFIELD SET AS PURGATORY GOLF CLUB

HOSTS THE 20th INDIANA PGA WOMEN’S OPEN

 

113 Top Women Golfers Entered.

 

The 36 hole Indiana PGA Women’s Open will be held at Purgatory GC June 26-27 with 113 golfers competing.

The event gets under way at 8 am off both the front and back sides. Par is 72 with course set up of 6,008 yards

While the event is listed at the Women’s PGA Open, the field is dominated by top amateurs from across the state.

In all, 16 Hamilton County golfers are entered led by amateur Brooke Beegle of Fishers, winner of the IWGA’s Match Play Championship last month. Brittney Kelly, also from Fishers, is the area’s lone professional in the field.

Kristi Cardwell, now a professional at Kokomo Country Club, is the defending champion.

Spectator admission is free.

Top 50 Courses for Women

By: purgatorygolf on June 13th, 2013

Getting ready to go on the golf course

 

The July issue of Golf Digest just arrived, and Purgatory once again made it onto the list America’s Top 50 Courses for Women/2013! We even moved up one spot from #34 to #33.

Two new sets of combo tees help all golfers “tee it forward.”

We have been on the list every year it has come out since 2003. It’s a huge honor, and I always drop everything I am doing when they call with their list of questions.

It’s great to walk into a golf shop and be greated by a welcoming staff and a sea of stylish women’s apparel and gear. But for a course to be Top-50 material, we need to see great programs for women, flexible playing options (nine-hole loops, or even shorter) and a progressive design philosophy that treats women who evaluate courses for this ranking pay special attention to tee options and design. Each layout on our top 50 has at least one set of tees less than 5,300 yards, two sets with Slope and Course Ratings for women, and minimal or no forced carries from the forward tees.

 

The ideal layout challenges long hitters yet delivers a fun round for average players. Quality course conditions are important too, and it’s a plus to have lots of amenities.

 

This year we welcome eight newcomers. It’s not that we don’t love the others, but more and more courses are embracing the “tee it forward” and “time for nine” zeitgeist. As they’ve added shorter tees (typically about 4,700 yards), the ones with forward tees closer to 5,300 yards aren’t as appealing.