Sunice Pullovers Add Function To Fashion

By Global Golf PostOctober 11, 2010, 10:46 pm

As the concept of “performance layering” has become increasingly popular in golf, so has that category among outerwear makers. And several companies are vying to meet the demand for garments that are as much science as they are style –  and that give players the ability to add or shed during a round as temperatures and weather change.

Among the most notable brands in that marketplace is Sunice. Founded in Alberta, Canada, in 1976 and now based in Montreal, it started as a maker of technical outerwear for skiers and mountain climbers. But Sunice began getting into the royal and ancient game in the early 1990s and now caters primarily to golfers. And one of its latest products – the Superlite Pullover – is specifically designed for those men and women golfers who like to layer.

Sunice Superlite PulloverThe men’s Superlite Pullover offering is called the Olie. It is a zip pullover made of a polyester/Spandex blend and available in four colors – black/shadow, pure white/royal, midnight/shadow and charcoal/lime. The garment features contrast flat lock stitching detail as well as reflective zipper tape and a framed chest pocket. As for the women’s version, which is called Jada, it boasts the same fabric and styling details as the Olie, minus the chest pocket. But it has a more feminine silhouette and comes in a different palette of colors – black/pure white, pure white/dove, and charcoal/berry.

Both the Olie and Jada pullovers have a clean contemporary look. But Sunice officials are quick to point out that the garments are as much about function as they are fashion.

“They are great layering pieces with thermal properties that allow you to wear them in a number of ways,” says Mark Fletcher, president of the Fletcher Leisure Group, which owns Sunice. “You can wear them over a golf shirt or turtleneck on a cool, dry day when it is blowing, or underneath one of our waterproof jackets when it is raining.

'The pullover has a close-to-body fit with lots of stretch so you can swing easily. And the fabric has what we call good loft and is constructed so you can maintain body warmth. Yet, it is also light and comfortable, very smooth to the touch, and absolutely silent. It’s perfect for golfers who need to manage in a micro climate.”

Both the Olie and Jada can be found in golf pro shops and selected off-course retailers.

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.