Press Release


KZG Announces the “World’s Top 100 ClubFitters” for 2011

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Chris Lesser
Director of Marketing and P.R.
(t) 800-200-8800 x123
(e) clesser@kzgolf.com  

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Jan 3, 2011) - KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine™, is pleased to announce the “World's Top 100 ClubFitters” for 2011. Each year KZG honors 100 professionals possessing superior skill, integrity and passion for clubfitting. This is the sixth year in a row KZG has honored the elite of the industry’s clubfitters.

“Industry leaders agree there are only 500 qualified professional clubfitters in the entire world, far too few to adequately service the world’s golfers,” reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “But there is good news. The public is becoming more knowledgeable about the importance of true custom fitting. Teaching professionals realize they can’t teach around ill-fitting clubs and are either partnering with, or becoming, professional fitters themselves. And thus the profession is growing. We salute the 2011 Honorees for their outstanding skill, integrity and commitment in helping golfers improve their games.”

This year’s Honorees hail from 20 countries around the world, including 40 from the United States, 32 from UK/Europe, 15 from Canada, 8 from Asia and 5 from Australia/New Zealand. Winners range from small shops serving rural areas to large performance centers with multiple fitters and instructors.

United States:

Alaska:
John Gose, Full Swing Golf
Arkansas:
Britt Bauer & Chris Plummer, Golf Etc.–Fort Smith
Flip Whitner, S & P Golf
California:
Kyle Cullum, No Bogeys Golf
Mike Keener, Marc’s Golf Service
David Kierstead & Matt Mora, KZG Fitting Center
Terry Kim, Golf Tech–Sunnyvale
Dan Whitehurst, Bay Golf
Colorado:
Bryan Beem, Colorado Custom Golf
Dan Holtman & Coe Kunz, Striker Golf
Florida:
Matthew Bodul, The Golf Mechanic
Dave Cavanaugh & Brad Doren, Custom Golf of Estero
Jeff Chertock & Bob Strode, REDO Golf
Michael Girard, Tree Tops Golf
Mel Juhl & Jeff Parrott, Golf Provisions
Josh Musselman, Josh Musselman’s Golf Express
Dan Yoakam, Dan's High Tech Golf
Iowa:
Chris Larson, The Clubhouse
Kansas:
Mike Dickerson & John Mitchell, Golf MD
North Carolina:
Karl Seibel, Golf Etc.–Tech Studio
Kelly York, Kelly’s Custom Golf
New Hampshire:
Ken Collins, Kustom Clubs Fitting Center
New Jersey:
Bernie Dunne, Bernie Dunne Custom Clubs
New York:
Paul Sanders, The Golfer’s Edge
Ohio:
Kirby Bolen, Golf Stix
Dave Freed, Akron Golf Clubs
Pennsylvania:
Robert Erickson, Golf Augusta–Oakmont
Jerry Hintze, Clubmakers Shop
South Carolina:
Lynn Griffin, The Golf Stop
Texas:
Mike Nugent, Impact Golf & Racket
Virginia:
Mike Cates & Evan Sturdivant, Legends Custom Clubs
Ed Teer, Dynamic Golf Studio

Canada:

Alberta:
Ron Anderson, Tour Stix Golf
Lyle Helland, Simply Golf
Rick McKenzie, Alberta Golf Works
British Columbia:
Lionel Newton, Newton's Law Golf
Terry Stav, Golf West Specialty Shop
Paul Wammer, Camber Golf
Nova Scotia:
Tom Rice, Precision Golf
Ontario:
Al Bezanson, Al's Clubhouse
Rene Grandmaison, Grand Lynx Golf Center
Don Irving, Artisan Golf Co.
Joe Lavery, Precision Golf Performance Center
Murray Young, Paradise Golf
Quebec:
Michel Bard, Golf la Tempete
Bert Emond, Golf Price Canada
Peter Lamothe, Golf Option

United Kingdom:

England:
Nevil Bland, The Loft at Brocton Hall Golf Course
Rene Cleaver, Club Masters
Melvyn Fern, Four Counties Golf
Jason MacNiven, Golf Principals
Lee Porter, Hylands Golf Academy
Scotland:
Scott Gourlay, SGGT at Craigmillar Park Golf Club
Ed Robertson, Applied Golf Technology

Europe:

Austria:
Gerold Fiechtl, Gerold Fiechtl Clubfitting
Andreas Lauss, Golfclub Ottenstein
Arno Lindsberger, Arno Golf at Golfschule Sterngartl
Belgium:
Vincent Willems, Golf Centrum Puurs
Finland:
Sami Siren, Golfpaja
France:
Gerard Ferran, Golf Amerik
Jean-Michel Queva, Queva Clubfitting
Germany:
Alistair Grandison, Bob & Son
Jean-Marc Gruner, JEM KG
Karlheinz Palm, Nostratec Golf Service Center
Richard Phillips, Golf Gleidingen
Nick Smithers, Trust Golf
Netherlands:
Theo Erben, FATco Golfclub
Brian Griffiths, Golf Academy Brian Griffiths
Henk Kroeke & Elvin Muller, Quality Golf Shop
Marcel de Jager, Golfhunter
Tim Nijenhuis, Nijenhuis Golf
Portugal:
Ben Frost, Pro Golf Shop & Custom Fitting Centre
Spain:
David Poulton, 55 Degrees Custom Fitting
Sweden:
Breit Olsson, Brejans
Johanna Pyk-Jargard, Johanna’s Golfshop
Switzerland:
Pepe Naula, Pepe's Golf Clinic
Norbert Studer & Willi Vogt, R & L Custom Golf

Asia:

Malaysia:
Aswan Baki, Aswan the Clubmaker
Alistair Guthrie, The Old Clubhouse
Philippines:
Francis Go & Jake Ong, Custom Clubmakers International
Singapore:
Melvin Cheng & Khee Wei Seow, Wiz Golf Performance Center
South Korea:
Brian Choi, Tayoon DotCom Ltd.
Jaeyeon Lee, Deingolf

Australia/New Zealand:

Australia:
Rob Grant, Pro Tuned Golf
Graeme Trew, Murwillumbah Golf Club
John Upston, Killarney Golf Practice Fairway
New Zealand:
Brenda van Rensburg & Kobus van Rensburg, Golf Lab


An independent panel of industry experts determined the criteria necessary to be considered a top clubfitting professional. From the criteria submitted, a point system was put into place to grade each application. The panel included renowned club designer and personal fitter for Jack Nicklaus, Clay Long; Gene Parente, president of Golf Laboratories, Inc.; David Kierstead, KZG’s Head Clubfitter; Dr. Christian Reichardt, author and doctor of sports medicine and fitness; and Henri Johnson, CEO of FlightScope.

Founded in 1994, KZG offers equipment available in the finest retail facilities with authorized KZG professional clubfitters on staff. KZG’s program of partnering with only the top professional clubfitters to fit its award-winning equipment has catapulted KZG to a position of prominence in customized golf equipment. KZG’s comprehensive selection of premium golf equipment includes the finest drivers, woods, irons, wedges and putters, in addition to a wide variety of accessories and apparel.

For more information, visit www.kzg.com  or call toll-free 1-800-200-8800.


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