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Titleist Sets Standard As The Overwhelming Tee-To-Green Equipment Choice at 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

Tops Golf Ball Count with 138 of 156 Players in Field

Titleist has long been recognized for its golf ball usage and success across the worldwide professional tours, with club professionals and at every level of competitive golf.  As the country’s top junior boy golfers gathered at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in California for their national championship, an overwhelming 138 of the 156 players, more than 88 percent of the field, relied upon Titleist golf balls.  The nearest competitor had 10 players.  In addition to its golf ball success, Titleist also was the top choice across every major equipment category, including drivers (74), iron sets (64), utility irons (14), sand, lob and approach wedges (180) and putters (103).

It was an all-Titleist golf ball final eight, with the 17-year-old champion posting a 3 and 2 victory over his 15-year old opponent in the 36-hole championship match.  In addition to both finalists relying upon the Pro V1x golf ball, the winner also trusted a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Design putter for his success, while the runner-up relied upon the Pro Titanium 905R (9.5) driver, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (56) and lob (60) wedges and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Design putter.

Further, at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship played at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., Titleist accounted for over 83 percent of the field in the golf ball category with 130 players, compared to 12 for the nearest competitor.  Titleist also was the driver choice of more players than any other competitor with 35.

In the all-Pro V1 golf ball final, the 13-year old Girls’ champion won on the 37th hole of the scheduled 36-hole championship, becoming the second-youngest player to win the event.   The champion, who was down by as many three in the final match, won the 36th hole to force extra holes against her 16-year old opponent.  The winner also trusted her putting game to a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport model.

To learn more about Titleist's golf club success at other major amateur events, as well as the PGA Tour, worldwide professional tours and the PGA Professional National Championship, visit the new Titleist Golf Club leaderboard at:   http://titleist.com/leaderboard/default.asp

The success across all equipment categories and by the players who trust it, is continued proof that when endorsement money is taken out of the game, Titleist is an even greater favorite of the future of competitive golf and serious golfers everywhere.  Below are the equipment counts from the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur:

U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
EQUIPMENT COUNTS
 
GOLF BALLS:    
TITLEIST     138  (88.5%)
Nearest Competitor      10  
 
DRIVERS:    
TITLEIST       74  (47.4%)
Nearest Competitor     32

FAIRWAY METALS:
TITLEIST      70* (27.3%)
 
IRON SETS:
TITLEIST       64  (41.3%)
Nearest Competitor     26

UTILITY IRONS:
TITLEIST      14 (82.4%)
Nearest Competitor       2          
 
WEDGES:
TITLEIST     180  (51.1%)
Nearest Competitor     78              
 
PUTTERS:
TITLEIST      103  (66.0%)
Nearest Competitor     21              
 
GLOVES:
FOOTJOY       79  (50.6%)
TITLEIST       46  (29.5%)
Nearest Competitor     9

* - Titleist was second in the Fairway Metals count, two behind the leader.

U.S. GIRLS’ JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
 
GOLF BALLS:     
TITLEIST     130  (83.3%)
Nearest Competitor     12  
 
DRIVERS:     
TITLEIST       35  (22.4%)
Nearest Competitor     28

FAIRWAY METALS:
TITLEIST      62 (13.9%**)
 
IRONS:     
TITLEIST      22 (14.1%**)
 
WEDGES:     
TITLEIST       90 (24.8%*)              
 
PUTTERS:     
TITLEIST       53 (34.0%*)             
 
GLOVES:     
FOOTJOY       90  (57.7%)
TITLEIST       15   (9.6%)

* - Titleist was second in the Wedge and Putter counts and third in the Fairway Metal and Iron categories at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Pinnacle 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 Pro Titanium, Titleist Pro Trajectory, Titleist Forged, Vokey Design, Spin Milled, Scotty Cameron by Titleist and Studio Design are trademarks owned or licensed by Acushnet Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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