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    O'Toole's of the Trade - The Flight

    As I sit here over the Atlantic Ocean on my way to Ireland I have butterflies in my stomach. I'm nervous, but at the same time excited for what lies ahead. I have played golf in Ireland 6 times over the past 7 years so I am familiar with what I will see. Yet, those trips were for a week’s time and I was always in the company of friends. This time, 10 weeks of golf lie ahead of me and I am riding solo on this one.

    When I told people what I had planned for the summer, the first question was always, “Has your wife signed off on this?” When I tell them yes, the next question comes, “How did you get her to agree to that?” To be honest, I didn't have to do any convincing. That's not to say that I thought she would be all for this before I brought it up to her. The fact is, I was leaving my job for good and her for 10 weeks. Yet my passion for Irish golf was clear to her and she said she would support me in this project any way she could. I could not have done this without her.

    Now, a once in a lifetime golfing adventure is before me. 56 rounds of golf in 70 days on some of the best links the world has to offer. It is an aggressive agenda no doubt, but there is much golf to be played here and courses not to be missed. There are 155 true links golf courses in the world and close to 40% of them are in Ireland. I want to make sure I see as many of them as possible.

    Golf in Ireland is a treasure not to be missed and it is something that all golfers should experience at least once in their lifetime. The Scottish may have invented golf, but the Irish perfected it. So follow along with me here over the next 10 weeks as it is sure to be a trip filled with great golf, comical stories, and remarkable people from all over the world. I am proud to have partnered with FootJoy on this project and it should be a summer never to forget.

    - Mike

    O'Toole's of the Trade - Intro

    Dear Friend of FootJoy,

    Summer has arrived and we hope you enjoy your golf. When you hear from us at FootJoy, we often tell you about exciting new products and contests, or ask you to celebrate major victories from the thousands of Tour Professionals who trust FootJoy products every week. Whilst we will continue to keep you informed on the product and Tour fronts, we're going to mix things up a bit.

    It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to one of your fellow FootJoy enthusiasts, Mr. Michael O'Toole. Mike is not a Golf Professional, nor does he have aspirations to make golf his profession. Mike is an avid golfer, a 34-year old, six handicap who wrote us a very inspiring letter about his passion for traveling to Ireland and playing golf on the Emerald Isle. Mike recently departed for a TEN week, FIFTY-SIX round golfing trip along the coast of Ireland. FootJoy is getting involved by supporting Mike with all the necessary gear to keep him dry and comfortable: DryJoys golf shoes , DryJoys Performance Rainwear , RainGrip Gloves , Umbrellas, etc. Ireland can obviously offer some challenging weather conditions, so Mike reached out for assistance from the leader in waterproofing!

    In return for some great performance products, Mike will share with us several blog entries, entitled "O'Tooles of the Trade", which will cover such topics as:

    * Some of the great golf courses he has played

    * Tips on how to prepare for Irish weather!

    * Inspirations for this 10-week trip

    * Some of the lesser-known, but amazing places to play

    * How he sold his wife on this 10-week trip!

    * Great stories from long-time Irish Caddies

    * Travel tips and/or unusual stories from various Pubs/B&Bs.

    You can follow Mike's journey via a custom Google Map, click here !

    Cristie Kerr wins US Open

    Cristie Kerr fired a final round 70 (-1), including an 18-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead, and held on to win the U.S. Women's Open by two strokes over her nearest competitors. Kerr, who made only two bogeys over her final 45 holes, finished the week with a 279 (-5) total, en route to her first career major and 10th career victory.

    Cristie trusted FootJoy golf shoes and a StaSof glove for the biggest win of her career.

    FootJoy was the golf shoe of choice at the U.S. Women's Open with 80 (51%) players, more than twice the nearest competitor with 35 (22%).

    Women's FootJoy Golf Shoes

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    Employment Opportunity

     Golf: it’s our sole passion

    Product Assistant - Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra
    St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK

    Acushnet Europe Ltd, manufacturers of the Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra brand names are seeking a Product Assistant. Based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, the Product Assistant’s role will include:

    • Assisting with the product development of European Titleist,FootJoy and Cobra product lines
    • Organising and distributing samples to all European markets
    • Co-ordinating product requirements for Representatives
    • Providing product to the Marketing Department for photo shoots
    • Providing copy for catalogues and assisting in proof reading
    • Providing statistical data, including analysis
    • Responding to staff and consumer enquiries
    • Assisting in all aspects of sales meetings
    • Providing information on market conditions, industry news and competitive activity.

    To succeed in this role you should ideally possess a business related degree and some previous experience within marketing or market research. You must be numerate, analytical and have first class communication, IT, interpersonal and organisational skills. You will need to have a sound knowledge of golf and be a keen and active golfer.
    If you feel you match our requirements and have the ability to perform with the best, apply today and allow us to provide you with a competitive salary and benefits package.

    Send your CV together with a letter of application stating your current salary to :

    Jill Jones
    Director of Human Resources
    Acushnet Europe Ltd
    Caxton Road
    St Ives
    Cambs PE27 3LU

    or email to

    Closing date for applications: 3rd December 2007

    Cabrera wins US Open

    Argentina's Angel Cabrera closed with a final round 1-under par 69 to finish at 285 (+5) and capture the 107th U.S. Open for his first major championship. The win was Cabrera's first victory on American soil and FootJoy's 19th of the 2007 PGA European Tour season.

    Former BMW PGA Champion, Angel is a regular on the European Tour and has long been a favourite with the crowds with his happy-go-lucky demeanour and powerful swing. El Pato ("The Duck" as he is nicknamed in Europe) put his faith in DryJoys PRO golf shoes for his hard fought victory at Oakmont, including the all black model #53545.