Posted: June 30, 2011
country's top PGA club professionals gathered for their 44th national
championship at Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania, the momentum and
unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident
From golf balls to
drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters, more players made
Titleist their top equipment choice at the 2011 PGA Professional National
Championship than any other.
only did more players rely upon Titleist equipment with overwhelming success at
the showcase event for PGA club professionals, David
Hutsell, director of instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, won with
Hutsell, who led the field in
greens in regulation (60 of 72), emerged from a three-way playoff by topping fellow Titleist Staff
loyalist Faber Jamerson with a
birdie on the second extra hole. The third player was eliminated with a bogey on the first playoff
hole. The trio finished regulation
at 11-under-par 274.
Hutsell, who relies upon the Pro V1x
golf ball, Titleist 910D2 driver (8.5), 910H hybrid (21), CB irons (4-P), Vokey
Design sand and lob wedges, and Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter, leads
a delegation of 20 qualifiers to the 93rd PGA Championship, to be contested
August 11-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Last year, Hutsell finished sixth in the PNC and
advanced to his first PGA Championship.
Jamerson, a professional at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox,
Virginia, is a three-time Virginia Open champion who was playing in the event
for the first time. He also relies
upon Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, placing his trust in the Pro V1x
golf ball, Titleist 910D3 driver (9.5), 909H hybrid (19), AP2 irons (4-P),
Vokey Design approach, sand and lob wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Studio Select
Among the 20 players who earned invitations,
more played Titleist equipment than any other brand. Titleist Staff loyalist Danny Balin, a teaching professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn.,
finished fourth for the second straight year after firing a final round 8-under-par
63, a course record. Balin’s
Titleist bag includes the Pro V1x golf ball, 910D3 driver (9.5), 910F.d fairway
metal (15), ZB irons (4-P), Vokey Design approach, sand and lob wedges, and a
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter. Marty Jertson
tied for fifth place relying upon the Pro V1x, while two-time defending champion and
University of Illinois golf coach Mike
Small did not win an unprecedented third straight PNC title, but still
finished tied for eighth to earn a PGA Championship berth playing the Pro V1.
Overall, half of the PGA
Championship qualifiers relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball
for their success, including seven full-line Titleist Staff members. In addition to Hutsell, Jamerson and
Balin, full-line Titleist Staff players include: Stuart Smith (T12/Pro V1); Rob
Moss (T16/Pro V1x), Craig Stevens (T16/Pro
V1x) and Todd Camplin (T20/Pro V1), while Dan Olsen (T16/Pro V1x) will
join fellow golf ball loyalists Jertson and Small in Atlanta.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the PGA
PNC with 164 players, more than all other golf balls combined in the 312-player
field. Titleist also swept the
driver (146), fairway wood (293), hybrid (149), iron (148), sand, lob and
approach wedge (382), and putter (110) categories.
It’s at venues such as the PGA Professional National
Championship and 41 Sectional events where Titleist receives serious player
affirmation that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance
across every category are met and exceeded. Club 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.