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TOPGOLF CALLAWAY ACQUIRES BIGSHOTS GOLF, STRENGTHENING ITS LEADERSHIP IN OFF-COURSE GOLF

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CARLSBAD, Calif./PRNewswire/ — Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG) (the “Company” or “Topgolf Callaway Brands”) announced today that it has purchased certain assets from Invited, Inc. (“Invited”), the largest owner and operator of private golf clubs in the US, related to its BigShots Golf (“BigShots”) business.  The acquisition adds the BigShots brand and certain locations to the Company’s portfolio of U.S. venues, expanding its leadership position in off-course golf. The acquired BigShots’ portfolio includes four domestic venues, comprised of one owned venue and three franchise venues, as well as certain other development rights for other potential venues.  Concurrent with this transaction, the Company has also entered into a preferred vendor agreement with Invited in which Topgolf Callaway Brands’ products and merchandise will be featured at Invited’s more than 140 golf and country clubs.

The purchase price for the initial closing is approximately $29 million. The Company expects the acquisition to be nominally accretive in its first year and contribute to scaling economics thereafter.  The transaction is viewed as both financially and strategically attractive to both sides.

Chip Brewer, President and CEO of Topgolf Callaway Brands, said, “This acquisition will benefit all three segments of our business.  We are essentially purchasing an additional off-course venue and the royalty stream from three franchise venues, including the option to convert those to Toptracer technology in the near future, as well as further building out and strengthening our future venue pipeline and growing our partnership with an important golf equipment and apparel partner, Invited – all for the price of approximately one Topgolf venue. This deal is a great example of the synergies associated with our portfolio of brands and its leadership position in Modern Golf. It is also just the beginning of what’s possible when two great brands combine their resources and creativity to develop programs that foster growth and further fuel the momentum in our game.”

About Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. 
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG) is an unrivaled tech-enabled Modern Golf and active lifestyle company delivering leading golf equipment, apparel, and entertainment, with a portfolio of global brands including Topgolf, Callaway Golf, TravisMathew, Toptracer, Odyssey, OGIO, Jack Wolfskin, and World Golf Tour (“WGT”). For more information, please visit https://www.topgolfcallawaybrands.com.

About Invited (formerly ClubCorp)
Since its founding in 1957, Dallas-based Invited has operated with the mission of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives®. The leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, city, and stadium clubs in North America, Invited is relentless in its pursuit of providing extraordinary experiences, meaningful connections, shared passions, and memorable moments for its more than 400,000 members. The company’s mission is supported by 20,000 peak-season employees and a portfolio of 200 owned or operated golf and country clubs, city clubs, sports clubs, stadium clubs in 29 states. Invited creates communities and a lifestyle through its championship golf courses, workspaces, handcrafted cuisine, resort-style pools, tennis and pickleball facilities, golf lounges, fitness centers, and pioneering programming.

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Exciting News: Undead Unluck Reveals Additional English Voice Cast Members!

Exciting news! TMS Entertainment unveils additional English voice cast for Undead Unluck. Episode 11 on Hulu now. Stay tuned for more!

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TMS Entertainment has recently delighted fans with the release of Episode 11 of Undead Unluck, titled “Rio de Janeiro,” showcasing protagonists Andy and Fuko embarking on an intriguing mission. This installment introduces a thrilling black market auction and the elusive negator, “Unrepair,” adding depth to the series.

Moreover, Episode 12 will feature Chikara Shigeno, promising more riveting developments for viewers. The latest reveal of the English voice cast breathes life into these characters, with notable talents such as Stephen Fu, Kate Clarke, Chris Tergliafera, Chris Wei Lewis, and Kevin Andrew Rivera lending their voices to key roles.

Undead Unluck enthusiasts can catch Episode 11 on Hulu, with further cast announcements on the horizon. Creator Yoshifumi Tozuka’s unique narrative of a hapless girl and an immortal man colliding in chaos has captivated audiences since its serialization in 2020.

For more insights into this captivating series, visit tmsanime.com/undead-unluck and witness the magic unfold in the Undead Unluck trailer. TMS Entertainment USA, Inc., a powerhouse in anime production, continues to bring iconic titles like LUPIN THE 3rd and Dr. STONE to global audiences, solidifying its status as a premier anime studio.

Stay connected with TMS Anime on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to stay informed about Undead Unluck and other exciting projects. Let the saga of Undead Unluck sweep you off your feet as the plot thickens and characters evolve in this compelling tale of fate and friendship.

 For more information, visit www.tmsanime.com.

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10,000-room Crystal Lagoons Project Opens in Orlando Just Steps From Disney World

***The most visited destination in the U.S. offers a wide range of entertainment but lacks a beach. This development will make up for this with a crystalline lagoon and white sandy beaches.

***The complex features the first Conrad hotel in Orlando and consolidates the presence of the multinational in the hospitality industry.

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MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — More than 10,000 rooms will surround the lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® technologyrecently inaugurated in the United States. It is located just steps from Disney World and Universal Studios in the heart of Orlando, the most visited destination in the US, with 75 million tourists annually.  This city offers a wide range of entertainment options but lacks a beach, an issue remedied in this great development with a crystalline lagoon of the multinational innovation company founded by the scientist Fernando Fischmann.

Crystal Lagoons brings beach life to Orlando with an 8-acre crystalline lagoon at the Evermore Orlando Resort

The lagoon forms part of the Evermore Orlando Resortone of the largest tourism projects in Florida. The large 8-acre body of water with extensive beaches breaks the hotel paradigm by providing truly superior standards and consolidates the presence of Crystal Lagoons in the hospitality and entertainment industry.

Surrounding the lagoon is Orlando’s first Conrad hotel, a luxury brand of the Hilton chain, as well as a variety of homes, villas and apartments. In addition, there is an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers in history.

“Every hotel project incorporating a Crystal Lagoons® amenity becomes the most attractive destination in the area. Conrad, one of the world’s leading hotel chains, understood this and decided to make a qualitative leap with respect to the existing offer in the most touristic area of the U.S.,” said Iván Manzur, Senior Vice President of Sales of Crystal Lagoons US Corp.

The United States is the main operation of Crystal Lagoons worldwide, with more than 275 projects at different stages of development and negotiation. Among the most important are Aqua, Mirada, Sole Mia, Balmoral, Windsong Ranch, Beachwalk, and Southshore Bay. The recent joint venture to develop four Public Access Lagoons™ complexes, also known as PAL™, in Texas, stands out and will add to the successful public access developments Epperson (Florida) and Lago Mar (Texas).

About Crystal Lagoons

Crystal Lagoons is a U.S.-based multinational that developed a technology allowing crystalline lagoons of unlimited sizes to be built and maintained at low cost anywhere. It has more than 1,000 projects at various stages of development and negotiation worldwide.

With over 3,000 patents in 160 countries, its sustainable amenities use up to 100 times fewer chemicals and only 2% of the energy required by conventional swimming pools. Bureau Veritas verified the technology’s efficient water use, concluding that a 1-Ha/2.5-ac. lagoon utilizes 33 times less water than a golf course and 40% less water than a park of the same size. Crystal Lagoons® amenities can use sea, fresh, and brackish water, which is abundant and has no other use.

Contact: press@crystal-lagoons.com  

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Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Qualifying Tie Between Ukraine and Romania to be held at Omni Amelia Island Resort

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Omni Amelia Island Resort – the oceanfront destination nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast – will be the location for the Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Qualifying Tie between Ukraine and Romania from April 12-13, 2024.

Billie Jean King with Elina Svitolina

The Svitolina Foundation, which manages the Ukrainian women’s national team in the Billie Jean King Cup, selected Omni Amelia Island Resort as the new host site for the tie. Racquet Park, the resort’s award winning tennis and pickleball center, features 22 har-tru clay tennis courts in addition to a sunken stadium court. Omni Amelia Island Resort has hosted professional tennis tournaments for over three decades, most notably serving as the host site of the WTA International tournament from 1980-2008.

“I am so excited to be part of this exciting opportunity at Omni Amelia Island Resort to bring world-class tennis back to North Florida,” said Elina Svitolina, the top ranked Ukrainian player and former world no. 3. “Of course, our dream would be holding our home tie in Ukraine, as it has always been, but during the war it is not possible. Bush Tennis Center has been an amazing supporter and partner of the Svitolina Foundation, and to have them supporting us in our first tie as the organizing party of the Ukrainian Billie Jean King Cup team means a lot. We hope that many people can come out and support us as we take on Romania and really help us create a home atmosphere.”

The competition will be a best-of-five match series with the top women’s players from Ukraine and Romania competing to advance to the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals. The event is one of eight held around the world in April, with the winners of each advancing to the finals next November in Seville, Spain, to compete for the title. The qualifier begins Friday, April 12th with two singles matches featuring each country’s top two players. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 13th with an amended schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.

“Omni Amelia Island Resort is a fantastic venue for both teams to compete,” said Tim Stallard, tie co-organizer and Executive Director of Bush Tennis Center. “The strong local tennis community has a great opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world compete in the ‘World Cup of Tennis’.”

Tickets and VIP hospitality packages will go on sale to the public March 8th at 9am. More information, including final schedule and confirmed players will be announced soon. 100% of the proceeds from the tie will benefit the Svitolina Foundation and the Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program, helping children worldwide with access to tennis equipment, programs and other resources. 

For media inquiries, or information on corporate or individual sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tim Stallard at tim@bushtenniscenter.org or (512) 576-4796.

For more information on the event visit: www.billiejeankingcup.com

About Svitolina Foundation

A charitable organization that has been working hard since 2019 to identify and support young talent  and create the right conditions for them to ensure the future of Ukrainian tennis. Since the beginning of the large scale invasion, the Svitolina Foundation has launched new areas of activity: assistance to athletes and their families fleeing the war, a psychological support program for athletes, sports diplomacy, and a series of tournaments with grants of support for Ukrainian children.  

About Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program

The Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program is a non-profit organization honoring the legacy of President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and Hall-of-Fame Coach Patrick Wikse,  to Advise, Counsel and Encourage (ACE) youth by connecting positive role models and resources through the sport of tennis. In addition to learning the sport of tennis, ACE promotes core values of sportsmanship, integrity, self-confidence, and hard work.

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