Golf News – March 25, 2014

Golf News – March 25, 2014


Dunning Golf Expands 2014 Tour Roster With Five New Players

NEW YORK, NY March 25, 2014 – Dunning Golf, a premium brand of high performance golf clothing, announced today the signing of five new professional golfers to an endorsement agreement. New to the PGA Tour roster are Brendan Steele, Nicolas Colsaerts and David Hearn while Franklin Corpening and Mackenzie Hughes will wear the company’s luxury performance collection on the Tour.

“I’m really excited to sign with Dunning. The fit and feel of the clothing is fantastic and the performance is superb,” said Brendan Steele.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Dunning Golf team,” said David Hearn. “Dunning’s performance fabrics and range of product give me the confidence to go out and focus completely on my game each week, knowing my apparel will always be exactly what I need at any given Tour stop. And as a company with strong Canadian roots, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Dunning Golf ambassador,” said David Hearn.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Dunning Golf brand. I’ve been playing professional golf since I was 19 years old and have never worn a better performing product in my career. I appreciate the understated and classic design of Dunning and the respect the brand has for the game,” said Nicolas Colsaerts.

These five players will join current Dunning PGA Tour players Charles Howell III, Roberto Castro, Jim Furyk, Russell Knox and Kevin Foley.

With the signing of two Canadian players and Nicolas Colsaerts from Belgium, Dunning Golf has increased the brand’s global Tour presence.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Brendan, Nicolas, David, Franklin and Mackenzie to the Dunning Golf team and look forward to a significantly increased brand presence on Tour as we head into the peak of the season,” said Michael J. Setola, President and CEO, Tharanco Lifestyles, parent company of Dunning Golf.

The collection offers clean and understated styling that speaks to the heritage of the game while offering high performance and playability. Dunning Golf has a premium distribution and is available at prestigious green grass shops worldwide.



CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 24, 2014) – LPGA Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons Sunday to come from six shots behind to win the JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.

Webb, who used the Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro 1050GH in her irons and graphite N.S. PRO Regio shafts in her woods, shot a final-round-best 9-under par 63 to finish at 19-under for the tournament to win by one shot.  The victory was her 41st LPGA title and her 53nd as a pro. Earlier this year, she won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

A longtime ambassador for Nippon Shaft, the native Australian shot a total of 269 on rounds of 66-71-69-63.  Her winning paycheck was $225,000. Over the course of a professional career that began in 1996, the eight-time major champion has amassed approximately $18 million in official earnings.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely pleased that Hall-of-Fame member Karrie Webb chose to use Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons to win the JTBC Founders Cup,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japan-based company.  “Karrie has played Nippon Shaft products for many years, and we could not be prouder that such a fine player continues to have confidence in our products.”

Nippon Shaft products are available 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 global custom clubfitter 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, Fukuda said.  As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide.  Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia.  Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer.  Nippon Shaft’s North American headquarters is in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Bettinardi Golf Achieves Multiple Top 10 Finishes Around The World

Tinley Park, Illinois, March 24, 2014-  Bettinardi Golf, maker of the world’s finest milled putters, gained multiple top 10 finishes on three different professional golf tours over the weekend.

J.B. Holmes finished T10th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour, while also leading the field in putts per green with his Bettinardi BB8. On the Champions Tour, the 5th place finisher used his FC Prototype to keep the momentum rolling in 2014 with 1 win and 2 top 5 finishes.

On the South African Sunshine Tour at the Investec Cup, Jaco Van Zyl used his Studio Stock 12 to finish T3rd and Adilson Da Silva finished alone in 10th place with his BB1.

“Since these players have begun using Bettinardi putters, their putting stats have tremendously improved,” said Robert Bettinardi, President of Bettinardi Golf. “I am very proud of our staff working diligently with these players from around the world. The hard work and consistent effort is starting to really pay off.”


Arnold Palmer Invitational Winner Played Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.0 X In His Driver

The winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational used a Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.0 X in his driver. The second place winner used a Fujikura Motore Speeder 9.8 HB X in his hybrid and third place used a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X in his 3 wood. There was a total of nine Fujikura shafts used by the ‘Top Ten Finishers’ this week on the PGA Tour.

Fujikura also won the Darrell-Survey Driver & Wood shaft counts on the Champions Tour.

“It’s been a great year so far for our brand and we appreciate the opportunity to work such high profile players and see the success our shafts bring them.” Said Marshall Thompson, one of Fujikura’s fitting and Tour experts.

“Our guys are the best in the industry and it is obvious to everyone around them that they love what they do.” Said Stephanie Hartgraves, Fujikura Marketing Manager. “That is one of the ways we stand out from our competition….we aren’t just a golf shaft company, we are golfers! We make the best products because our mission is bigger than just making the best golf shafts….it is to make the world’s best golf shafts so that golfers can play their best golf. That is our contribution to growing the love of the game and therefore, growing the game.”

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Andrew Bogren

News & Release Coordinator at Plugged In Golf
Drew is passionate about keeping up on the latest in golf technology and staying on top of the latest products and offerings from around the industry. When Drew is away from the golf world, he works in the Chicago area as an accountant and lives with his wife.

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