Graeme Stockley 2011 PGA Professionals Champion

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As the country's top PGA Club, Teaching and industry Professionals gathered for the 2011 PGA Professionals Championship at the Sandhurst Club in Victoria, the momentum and unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident once again.

From golf balls to drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters, more players made Titleist their top equipment choice at the 2011 PGA Professionals Championship than any other.

Not only did more players rely upon Titleist equipment with overwhelming success at the showcase event for Australian PGA Professionals, Titleist golf ball loyalist Graeme Stockley, Professional at the Belmont Golf Club in Newcastle, NSW won with it.

Stockley, who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist 695 CB irons (3-P) and Vokey Design sand and lob wedges jumped to the front early on day 2 with a four under par front nine of 32 and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the tournament.  Stockley's three round total of  (70, 69, 71) 210 won by four shots from Yarra Yarra Golf Club Teaching Professional Glenn Joyner (Pro V1x) who finished with a three round total of 214.

Stockley said the turning point in the tournament came late in the final round. Holding a nervous one shot lead, Stockley played a brilliant iron shot in to 4 feet on the difficult par 3, 167m 16th hole, which he converted for birdie and then went on to close out the challenge from Joyner with another birdie on the par 4 17th hole.

At the trophy presentation Stockley paid tribute to his fellow PGA Professionals and the quality of the event. "As golf professionals we all still like to compete" said Stockley. "Even though we might now be employed as PGA Professionals in Clubs, teaching or the golf industry in general, at one time we all started out with pretty much the same dream, to play tournament golf and test ourselves at the highest level and this event gives us that opportunity each year."

As a result of their first and second placing in the event, Stockley and Joyner earned invitations to play alongside some of the world's leading golfers in the 2011 Australian PGA Championship, to be contested 24-27 November at the Hyatt Regency Coolum.

The Vicars Shield played concurrently with the PGA Professionals Championship and awarded annually to the leading two players from each state sectional qualifying who combine with the lowest aggregate total for the three rounds, was taken out this year by Tasmania. Tasmania was represented by Titleist Staff Professional Darren Spencer and Titleist Golf Ball Loyalist Alex Head. In the end only one shot separated Spencer and Head from the NSW pairing of Titleist Staff Professional Michael Clough and Scott Martyn.

Among the 50 players who qualified for this week's PGA Professionals championship, more played Titleist equipment than any other brand. This week's field included fourteen full-line Titleist Staff Professionals.

Titleist Staff Professionals Sean Crowe (Eastwood GC- VIC), Darren Spencer (Port Sorrell GC- TAS) and Mark Gilson (Mollymook GC- NSW) finished in a T4 and were joined by John Wade (Commonwealth GC- VIC) and Michael Clough (Federal GC- ACT) T7 inside the Top 10 placegetters.

Overall, 46 out of the 50 PGA Professionals Championship qualifiers, including every player inside the Top 20 relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

Titleist also swept the driver, fairway wood, hybrid, iron, sand, lob and approach wedge, and putter categories.

Titleist also led the golf ball and equipment counts across every equipment category at each of the six state sectional qualifying events for this year's national final.

It’s at venues such as the PGA Professionals Championship and 6 State Sectional qualifying events where Titleist receives serious player affirmation that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance across every category are met and exceeded.  Australia's PGA Professionals devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game of golf. So when it comes to choosing the highest performing equipment for their own games, just look in their bags.

Only eight rounds remain in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs, with four of them being played this week at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill just outside Chicago.

Team Titleist had a busy early-week in the Windy City, sitting down with several of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors to shoot video that will appear here on the Team Titleist Blog in the coming weeks and months.

Of course, we also had some time to roam the grounds and take pictures of our Titleist players at work.

Check out the slideshow below to get a glimpse of the action inside the ropes.

Team Titleist members often ask: How many Vokey wedges should I play?

One of the keys to shooting lower scores is maintaining distance control on scoring shots into the green. Most players could benefit from carrying an extra wedge in their bag to reduce the yardage gaps between their wedges, making distance control easier and increasing the odds of hitting it closer to the hole.

Several PGA Tour pros carry four Vokey wedges, like Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings, who games Vokey Design Spin Milled 46•08º (bent to 48º), 252•12º, 256•14º and 60•10º wedges.

Scott, a PGA Tour rookie who won earlier this summer at the Greenbrier Classic, put a fourth Vokey wedge in his bag late last year after the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament.

Team Titleist recently caught up with Scott to talk about his four-wedge setup and how it's improved his game.

Check it out in the above video.

YANI TSENG LEADS TITLEIST GOLF BALL LOYALISTS TO A WORLD OF SUCCESS

Fairhaven, MA (September 12, 2011) - Yani Tseng successfully defended her title at the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, adding yet another highlight to an already historic season.
Tseng, a Pro V1x golf ball loyalist and the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings, topped Amy Yang (Pro V1) with a birdie on the first hole of an all-Titleist sudden-death playoff.  The win was the 10th of the 22-year old’s LPGA Tour career, and her fifth worldwide win this year, including two majors at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and Ricoh Women's British Open.  Tseng has won four of her last eight starts.
Tseng made two late birdies to finish regulation tied with Yang at 12-under 201.  Tseng and Yang were two of 107 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

Tseng also led Titleist to a four-win week around the globe, and with additional victories by Pro V1x loyalists in China, Japan and Singapore, Titleist golf ball players have won 119 times across the 2011 worldwide professional tours, 100 more than nearest competitor with 19.

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 Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng successfully defended her title Sunday at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, adding yet another highlight to an already historic season.

Tseng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings, rolled her Pro V1x golf ball in from 4 feet for birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Pro V1 loyalist Amy Yang to earn her 10th-career LPGA victory and lead a four-win week for Titleist Pro V1x players around the globe.

"Very exciting," said Tseng, who closed with a 3-under 68 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

She made two late birdies, including an eight-footer on the par-4 16th, to finish regulation tied with Yang at 12-under 201.

Tseng and Yang were two of 107 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist golf ball players have won 119 times across the worldwide professional tours so far in 2011, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined.

 Tseng, 22, has won five times on the LPGA this season, including a pair of major titles at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and Ricoh Women's British Open. She also won three times before the start of the season in Taiwan and Australia.

Tseng has won eight of her last 33 starts, a winning percentage of just under 25 percent, including four of her last eight.

She is the only player on the LPGA whose scoring average (69.59) is below 70.

Tseng also leads the tour in greens in regulation (75.1), birdie average (4.61) and driving distance (268.4).

ASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Himmat Singh Rai survived a five-way playoff to win the Handa Singapore Classic for his first Asian Tour title.

Rai won with a birdie on the sixth playoff hole, topping a leader board that featured eight Titleist golf ball players in the top 10.

A total of 97 of the 144 players at the Singapore Classic relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all competitors combined.

JAPAN TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Dong-hwan Lee shot a final-round 3-under 69 to win the Toshin Golf Tournament at Lake Wood.

Lee rolled his Pro V1x in for birdie at the par-5 18th, finishing at 20-under 268 to clinch a one-shot victory. It was his second-career win on the Japan Tour.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Toshin Golf Tournament with 64 players. Titleist was also first in hybrids (42); and sand, lob and approach wedges (110).
 
• CHINA PGA TOUR: It was a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Pro V1x players at the Unicom Pro-Am in Beijing, as Zhang Xin Jun won the event for the second time in four years.

 Zhang, who first won the tournament in 2008 as an amateur, posted a final round 4-under 68 en route to a 10-under par 278 victory total.

Fellow Pro V1x loyalists Yuan Hao and Li Chao rounded out the Top 3.

A total of 125 players relied upon Titleist for their success at the Unicom Pro-Am, more than 11 times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the KLM Open with 99 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.

• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am with 56 players, four times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Of the top five players on the final leader board, four were Titleist golf ball players.

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