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Suncast Sponsored Golfer, Sam Bennett, Wins 122nd U.S. Amateur Championship

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Bennett’s win earns him exemptions into next year’s Masters and U.S. Open

BATAVIA, Ill., Aug. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Suncast Corporation is pleased to announce that Sam Bennett, Suncast sponsored golfer, has won the 122nd U.S. Amateur Championship. Bennett’s name will now join the ranks of golf legends including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus on the revered Havemeyer Trophy. The win also cements Bennett’s place in next year’s Masters, U.S. Open Championship, and Open Championship.

Sam Bennett, winner of the 122nd U.S. Amateur Championship, holds the legendary Havemeyer Trophy.

About his win, Bennett says “Winning the U.S. Amateur is a dream come true for me. To put my name on a trophy with so many other greats, it’s a very humbling yet rewarding accomplishment. I want to thank Suncast in particular for their support this week in winning this prestigious event.”

Suncast has a long history of supporting young adults in pursuing their dreams. From its strong apprenticeship program with local colleges, to supplying school supplies to community members in need, Suncast understands that supporting the next generation of leaders and innovators is the best way to ensure a bright future. When asked about the sponsorship, Bennett says “Suncast represents quality, innovation and sustainability in the way they conduct business. These are all traits that I identify with. Together we make a great team.”

Sam Bennett was raised in Madisonville, Texas before joining the team at Texas A&M, where he is currently a senior. The road to success has not been an easy one for Bennett, who tragically lost his father in June 2021 after a seven-year battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. His father’s last words of advice, “don’t wait to do something,” are tattooed on Bennett’s left forearm where he looks at them daily for motivation.

To follow Sam Bennett’s impressive golf career, check out his Instagram @sambennettgolf.

About Suncast® and Suncast Commercial®

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Suncast Corporation is a privately held designer, manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial products for the home and industrial markets. The scope of the extensive product range includes innovative items in several categories encompassing: Outdoor Storage, Lawn and Garden, planters, Snow Tools, Deck and Patio Accessories, Outdoor Furniture, and several others.

Suncast continues to be a leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality resin products made in the U.S.A. for over 35 years. The Suncast brand is the market share leader in hose reels, outdoor storage and snow tools. These products are sold through over 25,000 retail outlets in the United States and Canada, primarily through Big Box, Hardware, Clubs and Specialty Retail chains as well as major e-commerce providers.

To learn more about the full line of Suncast and Suncast Commercial® products, visit our websites: Suncast.com and suncastcommercial.com.

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Food Safety Tips for Game Day

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/PRNewswire/ — Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and you may be planning a party with friends and family. These parties often involve finger foods, communal dishes, and treats that are left out for long periods of time—which can lead to foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning).  Don’t let foodborne illness ruin the fun. Check out these tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and learn how you can keep your food safe.

Food Safety Tips for Game Day

CLEAN

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and handling pets.
  • Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Scrub firm produce with a clean produce brush.

SEPERATE

  • Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from other foods in your shopping cart, grocery bags, and refrigerator.
  • Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs unless the plate has been washed in hot, soapy water.
  • Don’t reuse marinades used on raw foods unless you bring them to a boil first.
  • If baking, make sure that no raw flour is on surfaces that contact other foods.

COOK

  • Use a food thermometer to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, seafood, and egg products. These foods must be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria.
  • When cooking in a microwave oven, cover food, stir, and rotate for even cooking. If there is no turntable, rotate the dish by hand once or twice during cooking. Always allow standing time, which completes the cooking, before checking the internal temperature with a food thermometer.

CHILL

  • Refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and other perishables within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90° F.
  • Divide large amounts of leftovers into shallow containers for quicker cooling in the refrigerator.

SERVE

  • Keep cold foods chilled to 40 °F or below and hot foods heated to 140 °F or above.
  • If you’re planning a buffet and aren’t sure how quickly the food will be eaten, keep serving portions small. Prepare a number of small platters and dishes ahead of time and replace the serving dishes with the fresh ones throughout the party.
  • Don’t add new food to an already filled serving dish. Instead, replace nearly empty serving dishes with freshly filled ones.
  • Watch the clock with leftovers. Whether you’re sending “doggie bags” home with guests or are saving them for yourself, leftovers should be refrigerated as soon as guests arrive home and/or within 2 hours!

Learn more at:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/BuyStoreServeSafeFood/ucm328131.htm

SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED NAMES LENNAR’S STILLWATER GOLF COURSE IN ST. JOHNS, FLORIDA AS MOST INNOVATIVE COURSE DESIGN FOR 2022

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ST. JOHNS, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Sports Illustrated has named the 18-hole Stillwater Golf Course, within Lennar’s Stillwater master-planned community in St. Johns, Florida, the Most Innovative Course Design for 2022. The award was given based on feedback from architects, PGA professionals, superintendents and other industry experts. All homeowners in the community enjoy a bundled membership to the Stillwater Golf Club, offering a world-class 18-hole golf course, pro shop, golf cart rentals and state-of-the art practice facility with Top Tracer technology.

Stillwater By Lennar: Active Adult Community – 18 Hole Golf Course

Stillwater Golf and Country Club is part of Lennar’s Stillwater master-planned community for residents ages 55 and better. The community offers three home collections spanning multi-family and single-family home designs, including Lennar’s popular Next Gen® multi-generational “Home Within a Home” floorplan.

“Stillwater represents years of hard work by a tremendous group of experts – all dedicated to creating a best-of-the-best community for Lennar homeowners,” said Matt Devereaux, Lennar Jacksonville Division President and Regional Vice President. “As the first new course to open in North Florida in 20 years, we are extremely proud of the Stillwater Golf Course and Country Club. It underscores our desire to fill this master-planned community with amenities that are not only enjoyable but also highly useable by the widest possible range of residents. We extend our congratulations to the entire Stillwater course team on this recognition!”

Sports Illustrated recognized the Stillwater golf course for its unique ability to play in loops of three, six, nine or 12 holes, all starting and finishing near the clubhouse. It also recognized the course for its environmental friendliness, reducing water use with just 70 acres of irrigated turf, artificial sod wall EcoBunkers and the placement of lay-down walls of treated timber along water hazards that, “lend a Scottish ambiance.” Replacing paved cart paths with 18 acres of shell screenings was noted as a cost-saving measure that also adds visual contrast.

Lennar is actively selling 13 unique home designs at Stillwater, including 3 multi-family floorplans within its Villas collection and 10 floorplans within its Royal Collection. The Royal Collection includes Lennar’s Next Gen® “Home Within a Home” floorplan, featuring a private suite with a private entrance, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, living space, bedroom and bath, laundry room with washer/dryer hook-ups, and a patio – perfect for an aging parent or even a grown child coming back to the nest. The space is also ideal for a home office.

Homes within Stillwater range from 1,522 to 2,270 square feet, with two to four bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half baths. All homes feature generous living areas, gourmet kitchens and resort-style owner’s suites. Waterfront home sites are also available. Pricing ranges from the low $400,000s to the high $500,000s.

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Homes at Stillwater incorporate the latest technology with conveniences like Ring video doorbells and Ring Alarm security systems and Honeywell Home T6 Pro Z-Wave Smart Thermostats. Every home also comes with Lennar’s signature Everything’s Included® program, where the homebuilder’s most popular options and upgrades are built into the base price of the home. At Stillwater, this includes stainless steel appliances, tile flooring, quartz countertops, screened in lanai, pavered driveways and a host of other carefully curated features.

In addition to the Stillwater Golf and Country Club, the master-planned community offers community amenities such as a scenic pond, picnic areas, swimming pools, pickleball and tennis courts, a fitness center and aerobics studio, and a full bar and restaurant. A gated entrance offers additional security and comfort.

Stillwater is conveniently located just off of I-95 on CR 210, in the upscale city of St. Johns, Florida, just south of Jacksonville and only a short drive to Florida’s famed coastline.

Home shoppers are invited to tour Stillwater’s six professionally designed model homes, located at 64 Round Robin Run in St. Johns, Florida. Models are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Stillwater, call 904-712-6901, visit the Stillwater community website­ or visit www.lennar.com.

About Lennar Corporation

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Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar builds affordable, move-up and active adult homes primarily under the Lennar brand name. Lennar’s Financial Services segment provides mortgage financing, title and closing services primarily for buyers of Lennar’s homes and, through LMF Commercial, originates mortgage loans secured primarily by commercial real estate properties throughout the United States. Lennar’s Multifamily segment is a nationwide developer of high-quality multifamily rental properties. LENX drives Lennar’s technology, innovation and strategic investments. For more information about Lennar, please visit lennar.com.

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USA Pickleball Reports Nearly 30% Increase in Membership During 2022

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball, today published its annual growth report, containing important industry metrics recorded in 2022.

As the sport continued to expand across the country, USA Pickleball saw its membership increase nearly 30 percent over 2021. The National Governing Body currently has a membership base of nearly 69,000 strong, a major uptick compared to 53,110 in 2021.

Annual Growth Report from USA Pickleball outlines areas of growth, including playing facilities and sanctioned events

Some of the highlights include:

  • Membership68,697 registered USA Pickleball members, an increase of 29.4% over 2021.
  • Certified Facilities: The organization’s Places2Play database grew from 9,167 to a total of 10,724 USA Pickleball-registered facilities in North America. This equates to 130 new locations per month, or more than four per day.
  • Approved Paddles & Balls: The USA Pickleball Equipment & Evaluation Committee (EEC) and its independent lab tested and approved 525 new paddles and 34 new balls in 2022.
  • USA Pickleball Ambassadors: 1,973 dedicated volunteers who actively promote the game at the local level by supporting new programs and facilities.
  • Sanctioned Events: USA Pickleball sanctioned 237 tournaments in 2022 compared to 153 in 2021, including USA Pickleball’s own Indoor National Championships, National Championships and the first-ever Diamond Amateur Championship.
  • 2022 National Championships: The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships drew nearly 2,300 amateur players, while the sport’s top professional players competed for $150,000 in prize money, compared to $90,000 in 2021. On November 13, the event also set the record for the largest-ever attendance in the history of the sport at 5,522.
  • Facilities Development: USA Pickleball directly supports the development pipeline for over $100M in new facilities, including over 25 Regional- and Sector-level venues.

The full Annual Growth Report can be found at usapickleball.org.

About USA Pickleball:

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials. The mission of USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories. The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

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