Golf News – December 8, 2015

SundayBag_Black cobaltLeather Up!

Missoula, Montana – The Sun Mountain Leather Series golf bags and accessories are a nod to golf’s storied past, featuring styles and materials that speak to the richness and tradition of the game. These golf bags are not merely historical replicas; they are designed for the way golf is played today. Features such as carbon-fiber legs on the stand bag, full-length club dividers, and graphite shaft protection make these bags classics for a new generation. The new for 2016 Leather Series includes a Sunday bag, stand bag, cart bag, hoods and head covers. For the retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit

The Sun Mountain Leather Stand Golf Bag features a 9″, four-way top with full-length club dividers. The bag’s five pockets include a full-length clothing pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket and three accessory pockets. Combining tradition with technology, this classic leather golf bag features carbon-fiber legs, high strength-to-weight plastics and a built-in handle in the bag’s top for ease in picking the bag up and setting it down. Color options include: black/tan, black/cobalt, brown/khaki, and navy/white/red. Retail price on the stand bag is $599.99.

The Leather Cart Bag, distinguished by its full-length belly pocket, is designed for cart use but at 4 ½ lbs. could just as easily be carried. The cart bag features a 9″, four-way top with full-length club dividers. The bag’s four pockets include an ample belly pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket and two accessory pockets. This bag also includes lift-assist handles integrated into the top and bottom of the bag for ease in lifting in and out of a car trunk. Color options include: black/tan, black/cobalt, brown/khaki, and navy/white/red. Retail price on the cart bag is $499.99.

The Leather Sunday bag is reminiscent of some of the earliest golf bags. By using lightweight, modern components, though, Sun Mountain was able to minimize weight to only 4 ¼ lbs., making it an easy carry. Color options include: black/tan, black/cobalt, brown/khaki, and navy/white/red. Retail price on the Sunday bag is $429.99.

Leather golf accessories in the series include matching leather hoods at $149.99 and matching leather headcovers in either stripe or chevron pattern at $69.99 for driver cover, $59.99 for three wood cover and $49.99 for X cover.

GPCC9THWEB1Nippon Shaft Wins On European And Asian Tours

CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 7, 2015) – Nippon Shaft recorded victories Sunday on two major men’s tours – the European PGA Tour’s Nedbank Golf Challenge and the inaugural Ho Tram Open in Vietnam on the Asian Tour.

At the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, the 32-year-old Australian earned a 6-shot victory using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in his irons and wedges. The 26th-ranked player in the world shot 19-under par 269 on rounds of 68-68-66-67 en route to his first European Tour victory.

Meanwhile, in Vietnam, the 35-year-old Spaniard won on the second-hole of a sudden death playoff at the first Ho Tram Open, using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in his irons and wedges. The world’s No. 12-ranked player shot 14-under par 270 in regulation with 66-68-68-68, and made birdie, par to prevail in the four-man playoff.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates the winners in two of this week’s premier tournaments in men’s golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, Sales and Marketing for Nippon Shaft. “As always, we take tremendous pride in the fact that the winners decided to use Nippon Shaft products when going into battle against the world’s toughest competition. ”

Another Nippon Shaft player finished second at the Nedbank. The world’s No. 5-ranked player and the 2013 FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai Champion fashioned his runner-up finish using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS” Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges.

Currently some 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilized various models of Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons and wedges. An estimated 80 percent of LPGA Tour players utilize Nippon Shafts. Iron shaft models used by the pros were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105, PRO MODUS3 Tour 125 and N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts.

In recent years, Nippon Shaft has been making inroads on the PGA TOUR with shafts designed for tour pros and low-handicap amateurs. For years, Nippon Shaft has been the most popular steel shaft on the LPGA Tour, thanks to its ability to manufacture a shaft that combines lightweight and sturdiness, which ensures maximum control.

Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network. Details of these can be found at

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

2153894Carnoustie Sportswear Debuts Holiday/Spring ’16 MacKenzie Collection

IRVINE, CA – Golf apparel manufacturer Carnoustie Sportswear has introduced its Spring 2016 men’s collection which includes an expanded collection of refined cotton outerwear.

MacKenzie Collection

For many years now, Carnoustie has offered the finest fleece in the industry. Made of luxurious brushed cotton, Carnoustie’s “Cotton Suede” Collection has become the standard in the industry for quality and design. This product is offered in mélange colors and intricate jacquard menswear patterns, like houndstooth and herringbone, in an array of styles.

Having forged a reputation for the finest brushed fleece in the industry, Carnoustie has now developed a lighter, unbrushed cotton fabric in a perfect year round weight. They call this the MacKenzie Collection and it is available in a quarter zip vest, quarter zip long sleeve pullover and new for Spring 2016, a full zip vest. The MacKenzie Collection of outerwear has quickly become a centerpiece of the collection. The styles are affordable, versatile, and with their flat knit detailing at the collar and zipper placket, they merchandise beautifully with other pieces in the Carnoustie Collection.

“Rarely has the introduction of a new classification, like our MacKenzie Collection of lightweight cotton outerwear, received such an immediate response. Little details, like the flat knit tipping along the zipper really sets this style apart. Versatile, affordable, appropriate for varied conditions and available in wonderful mélange colors like our cotton suedes, it is no wonder the MacKenzie Collection of outerwear has been such a hit,” says Marshall Mancillas, President and CEO of Carnoustie.

Carnoustie offers a new collection of brushed fleece every fall, so be sure to check out its Fall 2015 styles, they are fabulous as usual. Additionally, be sure not to miss their new MacKenzie Collection of outerwear this spring, it brings a whole new dimension to their outerwear offering.

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