Justin Hicks (ReelFit style #53843), the co-leader after the first round of the U.S. Open, won the Wayne Gretzky Classic on the first playoff hole for his first Nationwide Tour title. Hicks closed with a 2-under 69 to finish tied for the lead with a 16-under 269 total, then two-putted for par on the first extra hole to seal the victory.
The key moment Sunday came on the 71st hole with Hicks trailing by two shots. With the leader struggling to make bogey on the 184-yard par 3, Hicks drained an improbable downhill 40-footer that broke approximately 10 feet to the right for a birdie and the pivotal swing. Both players made par on the closing par five before heading to the playoff.
UPDATE: Click here for a story in the Detroit Free Press about how Hicks' life has (or hasn't) changed since the big victory.
Check out the slideshow below for images from the Georgian Bay Club, located about 90 miles north of Toronto on Georgian Bay which feeds into Lake Huron.
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Kenny Perry (SciFlex glove) shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to finish at 19-under 269, one shot better than Woody Austin (SciFlex glove/DryJoys Tech style #53516) and Bubba Watson (SciFlex glove/Classics Dry Premiere style #50672). Perry became only the fifth player to record multiple victories at Warwick Hills. Perry, who won in 2001 at Warwick Hills, has 11 victories on the PGA TOUR, including the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley earlier this month. The victory is especially sweet for Perry as he all but assured himself a Ryder Cup berth, something he has been focused on all year. If he makes the team, the Kentucky-native would represent the U.S. in front of his home fans when the matches commence at Valencia Country Club, just 40 miles from where he was born.
Inclusive of Perry, all six players who finished in the top five and ties wore FootJoy gloves and five of the six wore FootJoy shoes as well.
1. Kenny Perry (-19) - SciFlex glove
T2. Woody Austin (-18) - SciFlex glove/FootJoy shoes
T2. Bubba Watson (-18) - SciFlex glove/FootJoy shoes
T4. Matt Jones (-17) - StaSof glove/Footjoy shoes
T4. Bob Tway (-17) - FootJoy glove/FootJoy shoes
T4. Ken Duke (-17) - FootJoy glove/FootJoy shoes
Dudley Hart talks about his solid 4-under 68 that has him just two shots off the lead after round two.
Click on the picture above to hear Dudley's post-round interview.
We've updated our "About" section to include images, bios and a "what's in the bag" for some of the FJ associates you've met on the blog. Check it out!
FootJoy has named Billy Burke 2007 Sales Representative of the Year at its national sales meeting in Pinehurst, NC.
"FootJoy Sales Representative of the Year represents far more than just outstanding performance," said Jim Morrison, Vice President of Sales for FootJoy. "It also recognizes the exceptional caliber of work, the personal commitment to customers and the continual pursuit of excellence. Billy's continued dedication and leadership have made him an integral part of the success to the FootJoy Brand"
Born and raised in Sydney, OH, Billy graduated from Ohio State University where he played collegiate golf with current PGA Tour player Chris Smith. Billy caddied for "Smitty" for 2 years before joining the Acushnet Comapny in 1997. After a successful run in FootJoy Customer Service, Burke entered the field in 1998 as FJ Associate Sales Representative in Michigan/ Northern Ohio under the tutelage of Jim Buelow. Billy results working with Jim produced the opportunity to move to his own territory based in Pittsburgh, PA in 2000. The Pittsburgh territory is critical to FootJoy’s overall success as it represents some of the country’s finest green grass accounts and is the Headquarters for ***’s Sporting Goods.
Billy's performance reflects a widespread company commitment to providing FootJoy's customers with best in class service and sales support that our entire Sales Team pursues in an effort constantly enhance our valued customer relationships.