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Posted: October 28, 2009
Posted: October 23, 2009
Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler capitalized on his sponsor's exemption into last week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by finishing tied for seventh after shooting four rounds in the 60s at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. That top ten finish earned him a spot into this week's Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is again in the hunt after rounds of 5-under 65 and 6-under 64 have given him a share of the 36-hole lead. Another top ten finish this week will allow him to continue competing on the PGA Tour at next week's Viking Classic, and the high finishes and subsequent prize money have Rickie on a potential path straight to the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament finals.
With PGA Tour special temporary member status, if Rickie's official earnings for the season are equal to or greater than the 150th place finisher on the Official PGA Tour Money List, he will be exempt into the final stage of qualifying from December 2-7 at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Otherwise, he'll be competing in first stage qualifying starting next week at Lantana Golf Club in Texas.
We caught up with Rickie this week as he prepared to compete in the Frys.com Open and got a close-up look at what's in his bag. As you can see from the images in the photo gallery, Rickie's bleeds OSU orange in tribute to his former college golf team. That's what we call custom paint!
Here are the specifics on Rickie's Titleist equipment:
909D2 (7.5°) - Mitsubishi Diamana White 73X
585.H (17°) - UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Hybrid 104X
MB (4-9) - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (standard length, lie angle 1° upright, 4-iron loft 2° strong, 5-iron loft 1° strong, other lofts standard)
Vokey Design 248-06 (bent to 47°) - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (standard length, lie angle 1° upright)
Vokey Design 254-10 (bent to 53°) - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (standard length, lie angle 1° upright)
Vokey Design Spin Milled 60-L (bent to 59°) - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (standard length, lie angle 1° upright)
Scotty Cameron Circle-T Prototype
Golf Pride Tour Velvet cord - 1+1, logo underneath
Rickie Fowler lines up his tee shot on the ninth hole during round one of the Frys.com Open.
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Titleist Brand Ambassador Paul Waring spent time with Titleist Tour Representative Phil Dimmock working with his 909F3 fairway metals using the Trackman fitting system. Click here to read about the results.
I hope this blog entry finds everyone well.
I have had a really good week at home. It's nice to sleep in your own bed for a change! I've been practicing a lot and getting ready for Singapore next week. The weather has been great on the Gold Coast.
I wanted to remind everyone that applications for the Adam Scott Foundation Scholarship will close on November 27th so anyone interested be sure to download the application on my website. We offer the scholarship once a year. The scholarship provides an opportunity for a young underprivileged person to attend Griffith University and earn a Bachelors degree in Business Sports Management with the option to join the PGA International Golf Institute. For more information please visit the Foundation section of my website.
I have a couple of media commitments today for Sunday Magazine and a local journalist and then the weekend is here! Looking forward to spending some time with friends this weekend and getting ready to head over to Singapore early next week. I'll write more from Singapore.
Until next time, take care.
Adam Scott is a former Barclays Singapore Open champion, having won in both 2005 and 2006.
Posted: October 20, 2009
Jack Barber in the Golf Shop at Meridian Hills Country Club.
Titleist would like to congratulate three members of its PGA Professional Staff who have earned national honors from the PGA of America. Jack Barber, PGA head professional at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis, Ind., whose leadership efforts for more than three decades have been a study in inspiring youth and aspiring PGA Professionals, has been named the 56th recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. In addition, Dennis Satyshur, the PGA director of golf at Caves Valley Golf Club in Ownings Mills, Md., has been named recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award for distinguished efforts in mentoring other PGA professionals and supporting them in both employment and through community service, while Andy Weissinger, PGA head professional at The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis, Va., has been named the recipient of the Patriot Award.
Barber and Satyshur will be recognized at The PGA of America Awards, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, during the 57th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Weissinger will be honored in November at the 93rd PGA Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Barber is a 33-year member of The PGA of America and a longtime Titleist Staff Member, including the past 24 years at Meridian Hills. The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award was established in 1955 to honor the working PGA Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. It is the highest annual honor bestowed by The PGA of America on a PGA Professional.
“Jack Barber has earned his reputation as a leader among his peers and his membership,” said Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company. “Whether performing his duties as president of the Indiana PGA Section, servicing the members at Meridian Hills, or assisting other PGA Members and Apprentices, Jack leads by example through his work ethic, integrity, people skills, and honesty. The enthusiasm he has for his position is contagious, and the influence on others that have worked for him, and on those with whom he has worked, is unmatched. He epitomizes the type of golf professional that we at Titleist and the Acushnet Company seek as an ambassador for our brands, and we congratulate him on this well deserved honor.”
Dennis Satyshur is a 30-year member of The PGA of America and another longtime Titleist Staff Member. The award is especially meaningful to Satyshur who worked for Strausbaugh at Columbia (Md.) Country Club as an assistant.
“It is fitting that Dennis receive this award given his relationship with and respect for the late Bill Strausbaugh,” said Uihlein. “Bill set a high standard for other Middle Atlantic PGA Professionals, and Dennis has established his own benchmarks over the past three decades. His reputation as one of the premier mentors of future golf professionals is well deserved and evident by the 29 former assistants under his direction who have gone on to work as either PGA head professionals or PGA directors of instruction.”
The Patriot Award originated in 2008 following the inspiration of Patriot Golf Day founder Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional from Broken Arrow, Okla. It is presented by The PGA of America to the PGA Professional who personifies and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.
Weissinger was elected to PGA membership in 2001 was cited by the Middle Atlantic PGA for his contributions in player development at The Pines. In 2007, his success was recognized by the U.S. Army, which selected him to coach its men’s and women’s golf teams.
He has implemented several innovative programs at Fort Eustis incorporating enlisted soldiers and their families.
“Andy is in a unique situation at The Pines and Fort Eustis, and is the ideal PGA Professional to succeed at his position,” said Uihlein. “He has the ability to help everybody find a way to enjoy the game, whether they are young or old, newcomers or low handicappers. The wide-ranging programs that he has implemented at The Pines allows our military and their families to spend more quality and enjoyable time together.”
For view the Titleist Press Release in it entirety, please visit: http://www.titleist.com/news/newsdetail.asp?id=743&category=media_center
Posted: October 16, 2009
European Tour competition is back in Portugal this week for the third hosting of the Portugal Masters. The event is being played at the Arnold Palmer-designed Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in the beautiful Algarve region of southern Portugal. The region is a hugely popular holiday destination with golfers from all over Europe as it features a wide variety of top quality courses. Situated on Portugal’s southern coast, the region is also one of the most southerly points in the whole of Europe which ensures sunny skies and warm weather for much of the year. The Portugal Masters is the European Tour’s second visit to the region in 2009 following the Estoril Open de Portugal back in April. Those of you that follow the European Tour will undoubtedly remember Titleist Ambassador Michael Hoey’s playoff victory earlier in the year, and while Michael isn’t in the field this week, there are a number of other Titleist Ambassadors in the hunt for the title.
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One notable name in the field is that of former Open Champion Ben Curtis. Ben needs to play in two more European Tour events in order to qualify for the season ending Dubai World Championship. The Portugal Masters is the first of these two events, with the second likely to come in Singapore in two weeks time. Ben is still a well known and popular personality in Europe following his Open victory in 2003 and it was good to see him in Portugal for this week’s event.
The Titleist Tour Team had another busy week as the transition into new Titleist equipment continues for a number of our brand Ambassadors.The team is now fully equipped with the new line of Titleist irons and demand for these products has been immediate. In recent weeks a number of players have switched into one of the new Titleist iron models including Robert Karlsson (new MB), Tano Goya (new AP2) and Brett Rumford (new AP2) all of whom are featured in this week’s slideshow with their new clubs. Feedback on the new iron offerings has been unanimously positive among the players with the looks, feel and performance of the new AP2, CB and MB drawing widespread praise.Put simply, the players won’t switch if the clubs don’t work, so the amount of players making the transition into new product speaks volumes.
Another reason for the team being particularly busy at the moment is massive demand for Vokey Spin Milled Condition of Competition (C-C) Wedges. The vast majority of players are using wedges with grooves that do not conform to the new R&A rulings coming into force on January 1st 2010 for Tour professionals or amateur players competing in professional Tour events. They are therefore looking to obtain conforming wedges as soon as possible to allow them time to adjust to the new grooves during practice. Given the vast quantity and variety of Vokey wedges out on the European Tour it is quite a task to switch all of the players over to conforming wedges, but, with the TTSV fully stocked with Vokey heads, the team is able to accommodate the vast majority of requests. One player who has recently received his new C-C Vokey is Argentine Estanislao Goya. You can see a picture of his new Vokey 60-T C-C wedge in this week’s slideshow.
While irons and Vokey wedges have been in high demand there is still barely a week that goes by in which one of the team isn’t working with a player on their driver or farway metals. There seems to be a definite trend for European Tour players to want to tinker with their metals, particularly their driver set-up, in the hope of finding more distance, greater accuracy (or both!!!). This week saw two of the European Tour’s heavy hitters check in with the team as both Ross Fisher and Robert Karlsson took the opportunity to work on their driver and fairway set-ups, respectively. Fisher is one of the longest hitters in world golf and has been loyal to the Titleist 905R for a number of years. Recently, Ross has found his ball ballooning a little with his current ‘gamer’ and following discussion with Titleist Tour Representative Mattias Jelver, he took time out during practice to test a new driver. The objective was to flatten out his ball flight to create a more penetrating trajectory and the obvious candidate to achieve this was a low lofted 909D3 driver. Following a successful range session Ross took a new driver out for the practice round and early indications are that he could be as much as 10 yards longer with the new club – that Pro V1 is certainly going to know when it has been hit!!
Model: 909D3 8.5°
Shaft: True Temper Project X 7A3 X-Flex
Grip: Lamkin Crossline Cord Black (+1/64”)
Following a recent switch to the new Titleist MB irons Robert Karlsson was back aboard the TTSV this week to discuss a new fairway metal. Robert felt that he was losing a little carry with his current fairway and decided that he wanted to go back to a tried and tested formula. Robert had huge success using the Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shaft in his fairway last year and the team were more than happy to offer him a new 909F3 fitted with this shaft. The results were evident when Robert hit the range with a noticeable increase in hang time resulting in the extra yards through the air that he was looking for. Mission accomplished!!!
Model: 909F3 13°
Shaft: Grafalloy Prolaunch Red Fairway X-Flex
Grip: Golf Pride Multi-Compound Round (.600) Black/Red
With the Race to Dubai nearing its crescendo and a number of players battling hard to keep their card it is sure to be another intense weekend of European Tour competition in southern Portugal. Last week we touched on Paul Waring’s recent run of bad luck but we’re pleased to report that in spite of a lack of practice in Madrid last week he was able to post a respectable finish and move inside the top 115 on the Race to Dubai standings. With the opportunity to practice in Portugal this week Paul has posted two solid opening rounds to make the cut and will now be looking to push on over the weekend as he bids to secure his card for 2010. Good luck to Paul and his Titleist stablemates out in Portugal. The Blog will return next Friday with all the latest from inside the ropes on the European Tour but for now “adeus” from the Algarve!!!