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David O'Connell Named 2006 Titleist Sales Representative of the Year

Dave O'Connell

Fairhaven, MA (February 26, 2007) - Titleist, Golf’s Symbol of Excellence, proudly announces the selection of David O'Connell as 2006 Sales Representative of the Year. The official presentation to recognize O'Connell for this distinguished honor took place during the Titleist and Cobra Brand Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

O'Connell, who is the Titleist and Cobra golf club representative in their South Texas territory, has combined sales excellence with strong customer relationships to earn the highest honor in the Titleist and Cobra sales organization. His consistent record of sales achievement is the result of developing strong business partnerships. His commitment to service and sales professionalism also earned him his second consecutive Gold Circle Award in 2006, representative of excellence in annual sales performance.

A graduate of Loras College in Iowa, O'Connell joined Titleist in January, 2004, after spending nine years with Wilson Golf as a territory manager followed by one year as its national account manager.

Dave and his wife Stephanne reside in Austin, and are the proud parents of two sons, Jack, 5, and Ryan, 2.

"The performance of Dave O'Connell reflects a widespread company commitment to fielding the finest sales force in the golf industry so that we may best support the business needs of our valued customers," commented David Maher, Vice President, Titleist Field Sales, U.S. “Dave’s success is founded in his dedication, sales professionalism, product knowledge and his genuine concern for the ongoing success of our customers. We are proud of Dave for being a terrific ambassador for Titleist and Cobra and our worldwide Associates, and thankful to our South Texas customers for their support of Dave, which ultimately makes this award possible.”

“Dave O’Connell is known as ‘Super Dave’ in these parts,” said Joe Beck, General Manager of Austin Golf Club. “He has by far exceeded our expectations. His commitment, creativity and leadership ensure growth in our Titleist and Cobra programs every year. He is a ‘make it happen’ guy and we are very grateful to have him as our representative.”

Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra comprise the major golf brands of Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO). For more information about Titleist, visit us online at www.titleist.com or contact Joe Gomes, Director of Communications (508.979.3211).

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