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ERIK COMPTON AND MIKE GIBSON FEATURED IN INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR GOLFERS

Titleist Launches “Inspiration” Page on Website and Facebook. Compton Earns Sponsors Exemption into Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney.

Fairhaven, MA (November 5, 2009) – Titleist, Golf’s Symbol of Excellence, announced that it has produced a Public Service Announcement featuring professional tour player Erik Compton and PGA Golf Professional Mike Gibson, that celebrates the lives of those who have overcome physical challenges and found sources of inspiration through the game of golf.  Compton and Gibson have both overcome life-threatening obstacles to succeed at their respective professions in golf.  In addition to the Public Service Announcement, Titleist has launched pages on its company website and Facebook.

“Erik and Mike are true ambassadors, not only for the Titleist brand, but for the game of golf,” said Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company.  “We have had a relationship with both men for a number of years and continue to be inspired by their life stories.  We wanted to provide an outlet and opportunity for them to share their backgrounds and hopefully inspire others that anything is possible through the great game of golf.”

Erik Compton and Mike Gibson
Erik Compton and Mike Gibson


The PSA features both Erik and Mike who share their inspirational stories in a sixty-second video message that is currently airing during PGA TOUR coverage on the Golf Channel.  The PSA video, individual video messages, biographies and other information also can be found on the Titleist website:  http://titleist.com/inspiration.

In addition, Titleist has posted a Facebook page inviting visitors to share their own stories, pictures and videos, or those of others who have used golf as a vehicle to overcome physical challenges.  The Facebook page can be accessed through the Titleist website, or directly at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titleist-Inspiration/138102734279


COMPTON INVITED TO PLAY IN CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK CLASSIC
Erik Compton has secured the final sponsors exemption from the Children's Miracle Network Classic and will participate in the season-ending PGA TOUR event next week. It is a miracle that Compton, who turns 30 years old on November 11, is even able to tee it up at the event that takes place at Walt Disney World Resort. Compton is on his third heart.

Compton is scheduled to visit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando on Tuesday where he will share his story with the young patients.
To learn more about Erik and his inspirational story, please visit: http://titleist.com/inspiration.
To learn more about the Children's Miracle Network Classic, please visit: http://www.childrensmiraclenetworkclassic.com/




BIOGRAPHIES:

Erik Compton

Erik Compton:  At the age of nine, Erik Compton was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood.  Three years later he received his first heart transplant.  Compton went on to become the top-ranked junior golfer in the country.  He attended the University of Georgia where he was an All-American and a member of the 2001 Walker Cup team.  In 2007, while playing a Nationwide Tour event, Compton suffered a major heart attack. He underwent a 14-hour surgery to implant a second new heart.  Just five and a half months after his surgery, Compton participated in the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic where he shocked the golf world by making the cut.  Today, Compton is married and the father of a baby girl.  He is also playing competitive golf at the highest level. Last week he advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying, firing a final round 66 to win his site by seven shots.



Mike Gibson

Mike Gibson:  The eldest of seven brothers growing up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Mike Gibson was 14 years old when he moved with his family to Arkansas.  Mike played several sports, but was only a casual golfer.  When he was 17, a tragic boating accident resulted in a left arm amputation above the elbow and the possibility of losing a leg.  Three years after the accident, Gibson reintroduced himself to golf.  That's how long it took before he was able to put weight on both feet after relentlessly training on a stationary bike.  Before long, Mike become a proficient golfer and a student of swing mechanics.  Today, Mike is a Nationally Certified Custom Fitting Instructor and a member of Titleist’s prestigious Leadership Advisory Board.  An honorary member of the PGA of America, he is one of the foremost instructors in the country working out of the Harmon Club in Rockland, Massachusetts.  Mike lives with his wife and two children in Plymouth, Mass.



Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). For more information, please contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications, Acushnet Company (508.979.3211) or joe.gomes@acushnetgolf.com.

 

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