News Notes from the Business World
FIDRA Moves to Cleveland
In a move related to the acquisition of Cleveland Golf by Quiksilver, its golf apparel brand, FIDRA, has joined Cleveland Golf in its new Huntington Beach office. The move, which was completed on August 1st, will give FIDRA additional office support while allowing it to remain a distinct and individual company. It will continue to operate with its own marketing, design, and sales force, while much of its support operations, such as accounting, I.S. and shipping, will be shared with Cleveland Golf.
Also, Greg Hopkins, President/CEO of Cleveland Golf, will assume the role of President/CEO of FIDRA. Partnering with FIDRA is a great move for us, and I am eager to start working together, said Hopkins. The FIDRA brand represents the true spirit of the core golfer, and we think the match is going to be very popular with our customer base.
Business is strong, says Harris MacNeill, President of Massachusetts based MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. The privately owned company was founded by the MacNeill family in 1931. CHAMP designs and manufactures golf spikes as well as cleats and spikes in every athletic venue and distributes those products worldwide.
MacNeill said, Its a two-horse raceCHAMP and SoftSpikes. And our tour exposure, with the highly identifiable color nature of the Scorpion spike, is creating tremendous visibility for us. Harris also told me that the USGA and PGA have for years been toying with a soft spike only policy on tour. Naturally, the best players in the world have widely differing views on the subject. Some players have been playing their whole careers in metal spikes, and unless forced to do so, have no desire to change.
Enter CHAMPS Pro-Scorpion solution. MacNeill says, Weve taken our extremely successful Scorpion technology and added a metal tip. Its kind of a hybrid spike. Its something professional golfers may be willing to go to as a stop-gap measure before completely getting out of metal spikes. Clearly, its not intended for general consumersits a tour product.
Golf Galaxy has gone public and now trades under ticker symbol GGXY. Golf Galaxy opened its first store in Bloomington, Minn., in April of 1997. The company founders combine over 70 years of retail experience with a passion for golf. There are currently 45 Golf Galaxy stores. According to Ron Hornbaker, Sr. VP of Sales and Operations, Were in the perfect position to grow smartly and aggressively. This fall and towards the end of the year well see more exciting new store openings as well as store re-modeling. I really like what the direction Golf Galaxy is headed in. When you walk in our stores you can feel the difference. There is serious attention being paid to the little detailsand the little details make the difference.
Chad Hall heads up Tour operations for True Temper and Graffaloy. He wants you to know Retief Goosen switched from his Mitsubishi shaft and won last weeks PGA Tour event, The INTERNATIONAL, playing a prototype Grafalloy Blue shaft that was originally made for John Daly (extremely stiff). Over the past month Grafalloy composites have captured 7 wins: 1 PGA Tour, 3 Champions Tour (including 2 majors) and 3 Nationwide Tour titles.
Wally Uihlein Honored
For those of you who didnt hear earlier in the week, its worth repeating. Acushnet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wally Uihlein, long-time senior executive of one of the worlds foremost sports equipment companies and a respected industry statesman, has been named recipient of the 2005 PGA Distinguished Service Award. Besides providing honored leadership to Acushnet Company, Mr. Uihlein has been very closely involved, professionally and personally, with junior golf through his significant and long-term involvement with the American Junior Golf Association. For more than 25 years, Mr. Uihlein has helped lead the charge to grow golf around the world through the AJGA.
The PGA Distinguished Service Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding Americans who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. It is The PGA of Americas highest honor.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.