MORE DOLLARS FOR TRYON: Before the ink has dried on his endorsement deal with Target Stores, 17-year-old professional golfer Ty Tryon has locked up an equipment deal with Callaway Golf. Tryon will go Callaway head to just about toe (except for that Target logo on his shirt), including clubs, golf balls, putter and hat. (Callaway doesnt make shoes ' yet.)
Tryon made the cut in two PGA Tour events this year: The Honda Classic and the B.C. Open. He turned professional in August, but called off his first official tournaments as a pro because of travel problems in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Hell be competing in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, which begins Oct. 14, even as he continues his junior year at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla.
SPALDING FOLLOW-UP: We told you in this space Tuesday that Spalding Sports Worldwide was warning customers not to get the wrong idea when the company doesnt make its October bond interest payments. Spalding is in the middle of negotiations to recapitalize and restructure its debt, and the company has the option of taking a 30-day grace period on interest payments while the negotiations proceed.
But that doesnt mean the golf world should expect big changes at Spalding, says president and CEO Jim Craigie.
Its common knowledge in our industry that our debt is way out of line for a company of our size, Craigie said.
But he promises business as usual in the near term. He wouldnt confirm or deny whether the restructuring might be the precursor of a merger or sale.
CHAD HANGS WITH LINKS: Surely more popular than the Florida version, Buy.com Tour star Chad Campbell has signed an agency agreement with Links Sports of Dallas. Campbell is No. 2 on the Buy.com money list with two wins (Richmond Open, Permian Basin Open) and six Top 10s, so his graduation to the PGA Tour for 2002 is virtually assured.
Links also manages Kenny Perry, Loren Roberts and 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms.