Golf News – April 7, 2022

FootJoy and Garrett Leight California Optical Partner to Release Exclusive Shoes and Eyewear

LOS ANGELES, CA – Eyewear lifestyle brand Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO) and iconic golf shoe brand FootJoy are partnering to create a limited series of sunglasses and footwear that bridges FootJoy’s high performance golf wear with GLCO’s easy-going Southern California lifestyle.

Fronting the collaboration is a collection of classic Premiere Series golf shoes for men and women with custom tortoise accents that include FootJoy’s premium construction and high-quality materials and design. Three limited edition styles are available including two styles in men’s, Premiere Series Tarlow and Packard, and a stunning cap toe option for women. Paired with the shoes is a unique sunglass offering from GLCO’s Spring Summer 22’ collection, Elkgrove Sun.

The GLCO x FootJoy Packard is a featherlight, understated, and technically exquisite shoe inspired by the clean lines of modernist architecture. A contemporary interpretation of the timeless saddle shoe design, and preferred by many of the world’s best golfers, the Packard features hand selected Pittards® of England soft full grain, waterproof leather uppers accentuated by a bold Tortoise print banded saddle. Other features include full leather linings, a suede heel pocket, plush co-branded GLCO x FJ OrthoLite® FitBed with molded heel cup and the VersaTrax+ outsole for Tour proven traction and performance.

The GLCO x FootJoy Tarlow is a champion of rakish golf style preferred by golf trend-setters like Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel. Like the Packard, this artistic cap toe design features premium, hand-selected, full grain leather and luxurious calfskin details as well as the VersaTrax+ outsole configuration. However, the signature GLCO patent leather Tortoise print runs the length of the eye stay and pops on the heel counter to deliver a dramatic and elegant statement.

A similar but refined cap toe design is available for women. Minimalist and modernist, the GLCO x FootJoy Women’s Premiere Series shoes deliver truly timeless styling linking generations of players seeking to wear iconic, classic golf footwear. The shoes feature beautiful and comfortable waterproof leather uppers, meticulous stitch details, a molded FitBed created specifically for women and the performance-oriented VersaTrax+ outsole. You’ll be the envy of your foursome with the incredible patent leather Tortoise print that dazzles across the top line of the shoe.

Paired with the shoes is a unique colorway from the Spring Summer 22’ collection, Elkgrove Sun. Inspired by Garrett Leight’s favorite golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez and his inimitable style, GLCO x FootJoy Elkgrove Sun is an easy-going sunglass that features ’60s-inspired contoured temples, deep square lens, a larger and slightly oversized frame and a distinction browline. The frame has a matching Georgia Tortoise temple with a G15 lens and gold metal plating.

Visit Footjoy HERE | Visit Garrett Leight HERE

No. 1 Ranked Men’s Amateur In The World Keita Nakajima Signs Multi-Year Agreement with TaylorMade Golf Company

CARLSBAD, CA – TaylorMade Golf Company adds to its impressive roster of professional and amateur golfers with the announcement of a multi-year agreement with the No. 1 ranked men’s amateur golfer in the world, Keita Nakajima. The 21-year-old Japan native is set to play a full bag of TaylorMade equipment and wear TaylorMade apparel in competition, starting with The Masters this week in Augusta.

Nakajima is the third Japanese golfer to rise to No. 1 in the WAGR and has held the top spot for 63 weeks and counting. He owns an impressive list of wins worldwide including the Australian Amateur Championship, Japanese Amateur Championship, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Panasonic Open on the Japanese Tour with TaylorMade equipment in the bag.

Via a 25-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole with his Truss putter to secure the championship, Nakajima’s win at the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur earned him entry into this year’s Masters and Open Championship. Nakajima also secured a spot in the 2022 US Open through winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the World’s Top Amateur in 2021.

Nakajima has had TaylorMade equipment in the bag during his amateur career, including at his PGA TOUR debut at the ZOZO Championship in 2021 where he finished T-28. He then used the 60x Carbon Twist Face Stealth Plus driver amongst a full bag of TaylorMade equipment at the Sony Open earlier this year finishing 41st in the 145-man field.

Keita Nakajima WITB
Stealth Plus Driver; 10.5°
Stealth Plus 3-Wood; 15.0°
Stealth Plus 5-Wood; 19.0°
P·7MC Irons; 4-5
P·7MB Irons; 6-9
Milled Grind 3 Wedges; 46° SB, 52° SB, 56° TW
Hi Toe RAW Wedge; 60°
Truss TB1 Juno Hydro Blast Putter

  • Nakajima became the third amateur from Japan to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship joining Hideki Matsuyama and Takumi Kanaya
  • Played 10 professional events in Japan 2021 including a win at the Panasonic Open, a runner-up at the Token Homemate Cup, three Top-15 finishes and a T-28 at the ZOZO Championship
  • Fourth member of Team TaylorMade to be the World’s No. 1 ranked Amateur in their career joining Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler
  • Nakajima is currently enrolled at the Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo

Visit TaylorMade Golf HERE

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