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TITLEIST TOPS PLAYER COUNTS, LEADERBOARDS AT LPGA T&CP AND U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fairhaven, MA (August 12, 2003) – Titleist has long been recognized for its golf ball usage and success on the PGA, LPGA and across the worldwide professional tours. It is also the preferred choice of more LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals, those who devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game. So for LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals it is no surprise that the golf ball they recommend with confidence to their students is the same as what they would trust for their own game, Titleist.

The momentum and unmatched success of Titleist was affirmed last week by an overwhelming margin of players who competed at the 2003 LPGA T&CP at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. A total of 123 competitors in the 143-player field, or 86 percent, teed up Titleist in the most important event of their careers, more than 13 times the nearest competitor with 9. It is in venues such as these where Titleist receives serious player affirmation that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance are met and exceeded.

Not only were more players relying upon Titleist golf balls at the LPGA T&CP, Dede Cusimano of Armonk, N.Y. was winning with it. Relying upon the New Pro V1x, Cusimano topped Titleist loyalists Lisa DePaulo (New Pro V1) of Austin, Texas by one stroke and Suzy Whaley (Pro V1x) of Farmington, Conn. by two strokes to give Titleist a 1-2-3 sweep. In fact, 9 of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties trust Titleist for their success. It marked the first national championship title for Cusimano, who finished with a 3-under par 141. A teaching professional, Cusimano divides her time between Mohansic Country Club in Yorktown, N.Y. in the spring and summer months and Legends Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. during the winter.

Carla Glasgow of Las Vegas, another Titleist Pro V1 player, won the Senior Championship after carding a two-day total of 142, including a final round 5-under par 67, her personal best.

In addition to its success at the tour and club professional levels, Titleist is also the favorite of players when endorsement money is taken out of the equation. At this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, 136 of the 156 players in the field, 87 percent, relied upon Titleist golf balls in the country’s premier event for amateurs. That is more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 12. All four of the event’s semifinalists played the Titleist Pro V1x for their success at Philadelphia CC.

This week’s success is further proof that at every level of competitive golf and women’s competitive golf, whether it is on the LPGA Tour, LPGA T&CP Championship, U.S. Women’s Amateur, NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, or U.S. Girls’ Junior, there is only one #1. Titleist.

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of the Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE - FO). Titleist, Cobra, FootJoy, Pro V1, Pro V1x, Titleist Titanium, Titleist Pro Trajectory, DCI, Vokey Design, Scotty Cameron by Titleist, Futura, Studio Stainless and Studio Design are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. For more information, please visit us online at www.titleist.com, or contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211).

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