More Players Trust Titleist Across Every Major Equipment Category. 

Fairhaven, MA (August 25, 2011) - As the country's top amateurs gather at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, WI, and compete for the coveted national championship, 251 players, or 80 percent of the field of 315, made Titleist their overwhelming #1 golf ball choice. That is compared to just 24 players, or more than 10 times, the nearest competitor. The U.S. Amateur continues the golf ball momentum Titleist has enjoyed on the 2011 PGA Tour and across all of the worldwide professional tours, to the PGA Professional National Championship, and at every level of competitive amateur golf.

In addition to being the top choice in golf balls at the U.S. Amateur, Titleist was the tee-to-green favorite across every major golf club category. From drivers, fairway metals and hybrids, to iron sets, wedges and putters, no less than 41 percent of the field in any major equipment category placed their trust in the superior performance and consistency of Titleist equipment at one of the most prestigious individual events in amateur golf.

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THERE’S ONLY ONE #1
Scott Stallings Wins First Career PGA Tour Crown in all-Titleist Playoff.  World No. 1 Yani Tseng Makes History Capturing 5th Career Major.

Fairhaven, MA (August 1, 2011) - Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings won The Greenbrier Classic with one of the year's most extraordinary finishes, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, new Titleist AP2 prototype irons and a bag full of Titleist equipment to his first PGA Tour victory.

Stallings, 26, emerged from an all-Titleist playoff with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to cap off a three-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng, who won the Ricoh Women's British Open to become the youngest player across all tours to win a fifth major championship.

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Acushnet Company Press Release (.pdf)
Fortune Brands Press Release (.pdf)

Fairhaven, MA (July 29, 2011) – Acushnet Company announced that the transaction for its sale from Fortune Brands, Inc. to a consortium led by Fila Korea, Ltd. and Mirae Asset
Private Equity, was completed today. The sale was announced on May 20.

Acushnet Company is one of the largest golf equipment companies in the world with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion in 2010. Its premium brands include Titleist, the #1 ball in golf and a leader in high performance golf clubs, and FootJoy, the #1 shoe, glove and performance outerwear brand in golf.

“The Fila Korea and Mirae Asset Private Equity group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and enduring culture,” said Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company. “Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.”

Acushnet will remain as a standalone company through separate operation from Fila Korea, with its worldwide headquarters remaining in Fairhaven, Mass. The transfer in ownership will be seamless to consumers and customers, enabling Titleist and FootJoy to continue their momentum in the marketplace.

The new ownership group includes: Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of the Fila brand globally; Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea; and the National Pension Service of Korea, the fourth largest pension fund in the world. The Korea Development Bank, Korea’s largest government-owned bank, is also providing financing for the acquisition.

“We are excited and proud to be part of the storied history of successful growth and evolution of Titleist and FootJoy - two revered and world-class brands," said Gene Yoon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fila Korea, Ltd. “We are impressed by the decades of accomplishments achieved by the management team at Acushnet, and fully support its continued focus on the core golf expertise at which they excel. We look forward to  growing the brands around the globe, especially with the emerging opportunities in the Asian-markets.”

CONSISTENCY IN THE CLUTCH
Russ Cochran, Kyung-Tae Kim Lead 4-Win Week for Titleist.

Fairhaven, MA (July 25, 2011) – Demonstrating grace under pressure and consistency when it mattered most, Russ Cochran trusted his Pro V1 golf ball to capture the first major title of his career, topping a world-class field at the Senior Open Championship.  And in Japan, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim trusted the Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist equipment to claim his first win of the season on the Japan Golf Tour, capping a steady year in which he has finished no worse than tied for 12th in six starts.  Cochran and Kim’s victories headlined a week in which four champions on the Worldwide Professional Golf Tours put their trust in a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 96 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2011, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all golf balls combined.  In total, 11,707 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2011 Worldwide Professional Tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,775 and more than all competitors combined.

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PERFORMANCE IN THE CLUTCH
Stricker, Donald, Ryu All Trust Titleist in Dramatic Victories

Fairhaven, MA (July 11, 2011) - Global success continued for Titleist across the world’s professional tours this week as Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker trusted the Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture the John Deere Classic for a record third consecutive time. He was joined in the Titleist winners’ circle by Luke Donald, who extended his World No. 1 ranking at the Barclays Scottish Open with his third victory of the year. In addition, So Yeon Ryu topped fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff to make her first career LPGA Tour win a major at the U.S. Women’s Open. Jeff Sluman won the First Tee Open for the third time in four years on the Champions Tour.

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