Golf News – February 22, 2017


ECCO Golf Ambassador Fred Couples Wins PGA Tour Champions’ Chubb Classic

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – confirms that ambassador Fred Couples wore the Danish company’s famed BIOM HYBRID CLASSIC shoe en route to victory at the Chubb Classic on Sunday, claiming his 12th PGA TOUR Champions title.

Competing in the company’s multi-award-winning design, the 57-year-old World Golf Hall-of-Famer shot a final round 67 on Sunday to finish at 16-under-par for the week.

“Like for anyone, it feels great. It was a tough day, but it really feels good to play well,” said Couples. “It’s never easy to win a golf tournament. This is a good course. You have to hit a lot of good shots. I think I hit quite a few.”

The three shot victory at TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples, Florida, is Couples’ 64th win as a professional and takes him to No. 1 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

“As one of our longest-standing brand ambassadors, we’re always thrilled when Fred is able to add to his already unbelievably impressive record,” said Jesper Thuen, Head of Asia-Pacific and sponsorship at ECCO Golf. “He makes the game look so easy and his fluid swing is still one of the most iconic within the game.”

ECCO BIOM HYBRID CLASSIC utilizes soft yak leather HYDROMAX® treated uppers to provide superb weather and perspiration resistant properties. Additional features include the company’s patented BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® and E-DTS® outsole technologies which combine to offer an anatomical last shape with superb cushioning, advanced support and superior grip.

ECCO Golf shoes are also worn in competition around the world by Ernie Els, Smylie Kaufman, Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjørn, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller, among others.


Fourteen Golf Introduces New HI-877 Utility Club

IRVINE, Calif. (February 20, 2017) – Premier club designer and manufacturer Fourteen Golf today officially introduced its new HI-877 Utility Club, which combines the forgiveness of a hybrid with the shot-shaping ability of a utility iron.

Designed to take the pressure off of a golfer’s long game, the HI-877 features a sole design that has a larger center but a slimmer toe and heel, which helps keep the club moving even through the thickest lies, according to Masashi Kamoda, chief operating officer of Fourteen Golf.

“The HI-877 Utility Club provides golfers with a high trajectory and incredible forgiveness along with the ability to shape shots, but what sets it apart from similar clubs is its ability to glide effortlessly through the rough,” Kamoda said. “It’s perfect for long approach shots from any lie.” The HI-877 benefited from Fourteen Golf’s highly successful wedge design process, he added.

The HI-877’s distinctive vibrant yellow head features a thin cup face and a precision-hollow body that produce exceptional ball speeds across the face. The HI-877s are as easy to set up address as an 8-iron, Kamoda said.

The HI-877s come equipped with the FT-16i graphite shaft designed and manufactured by Fourteen Golf. The clubs come in lofts of 18, 21, and 24 degrees as well as in custom lofts of 27 and 30 degrees.

“Fourteen Golf is known for its innovative design and outstanding performance,” Kamoda said. “With the introduction of the HI-877 Utility Club, we are proud to carry on our tradition of providing golfers with the cutting edge technology and design they desire to play their best.”

A premier designer and manufacturer of high-quality golf clubs, Fourteen Golf has been part of 70 professional victories since 2010.

The website makes it possible for golf consumers to order customized clubs online. Fourteen Golf designs and manufactures drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters.


New Balance Golf Introduces New Styles For 2017

Boston, Mass, February, 2017 – New Balance Golf adds two new styles for men and one for women to the 2017 Footwear collection. The new styles feature lightweight, athletic-style designs with a waterproof microfiber upper and performance technologies that provide the ultimate in comfort.

New Balance 2017 Footwear Collection
Men’s Footwear:

Play the fairways in lasting comfort of the men’s NBG2004 golf shoe. This high-performance, lightweight athletic-style cleated golf shoe utilizes an innovative exoskeleton TPU outsole which is designed to move naturally with your foot. A water-resistant microfiber leather upper with FantomFit® technology helps you stay dry and provides ultralight support. A REVlite® midsole gives outstanding responsiveness and cushioning so you can fully concentrate on your next shot. The NBG2004 uses the low-profile Champ Slim-Lok® Zarma Tour2 cleat system.

NBG1005 Minimus
The new NBG1005 is a fresh take on the popular Minimus golf shoe. The shoe combines a waterproof microfiber leather upper with ultralight FantomFit® support. The REVlite® 4mm drop midsole gives outstanding responsiveness and comfort, combined with an ultra-flexible NDurance® spikeless rubber outsole and an Ortholite® insole for excellent ground contact, support and comfort all game long.

Women’s Footwear

NBGW1006 Minimus
The New Balance 1006 Minimus for women is also built on the popular running Minimus last and features a breathable mesh upper with ultralight FantomFit® support. The ReVlite® 4mm drop midsole provides lightweight cushioning and premium responsiveness and a Ortholite® insole that delivers cool, dry comfort. The flexible NDurance spikeless rubber outsole is designed for maximum traction.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island introduces two new fleets of innovative Club Car golf carts, including the addition of 12 four-person carts that will help bring a new approach to the game. 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (February 2017) — Renowned in the resort industry through the years for remaining on the cutting edge of technological innovation, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island has announced the arrival of two new, state-of-the-art fleets of golf carts.

Produced by Club Car, the premier name in golf carts, the new fleets at Palmetto Dunes include golf carts equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices — all designed to suit a golfer’s enjoyment and functionality.

In addition, Palmetto Dunes has added a dozen four-person golf carts that will serve a host of capabilities.

“We hope to get some foursomes out in the morning playing out of one cart, while also getting in some walking,” said longtime Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “In the afternoons, we can host some small corporate outings and scramble tournaments with all four players in the same golf cart. We think this will be very attractive to corporate event planners, as it allows an added sense of team and relationship building.”

For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit

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