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KZG Honors the 2009 World's Top 100 Clubfitters


February 10, 2009. KZG has announced the world's top-100 clubfitters for 2009. The honor is designed to identify those professionals who possess superior skill, integrity, business ingenuity and passion for their profession and who offer the golfing public the very best club-fitting experience and performance results.

"There is no greater joy than to honor individuals who excel in their profession" remarks Jennifer King, President of KZG. "The world's top 100 clubfitters are exceptional individuals, not only in their pursuit of perfection to help every golfer to a better game, but also for their involvement in the community and in the growth of the game. Congratulations to each and every honoree!"

This year's honorees represent the Úlite of the profession and hail from 22 countries around the world. They range from small shops serving rural areas to large operations doing extensive business with multiple fitters, instructors and fitting bays. For the first time, more than half of the award recipients were outside the United States.

United States

AK John Gose of Full Swing Golf, Anchorage
AZ Mike Nunes of C & M Golf, Lake Havasu City
CA Steve Benzin of KZG Fitting and Performance Center, North Hollywood
CA Kat Carroll and Pat Carroll of King of Clubs, Elk Grove
CA Matt Coe of Burlingame Golf Center, Burlingame
CA Kyle Cullum of No Bogeys Golf, Laguna Niguel
CA Bob Dugan and Bill Kelly of Pro-Fitted Golf Clubs, Carpenteria
CA Courtney Foster of Golf Etc., Chico
CA Terry Kim and Sean Woo of Golf Tech, Sunnyvale
CA Joe Teixeira of Joe's Custom Clubs and Repair, Pleasantville
CO Bryan Beem of Colorado Custom Golf, Denver
FL Shane Collison of Shane's Golf Shop, Naples
FL Josh Musselman of Josh Musselman's Golf Express, Bonita Springs
FL Jeff Parrott of Golf Provisions, Largo
FL Dan Yoakam of Dan's High Tech Golf, Tallahassee
GA Corky Nesbitt of Atlanta Golf Academy, Atlanta
HI Kazu Yoshinaga of Discover Golf Hawaii, Honolulu
IA Chris Larson of Chris' Custom Clubs and Repair, Davenport
IN Kelly Mettert of Custom Golf of New Haven, New Haven
KS Mike Dickerson and John Mitchell of Golf MD, Lenexa
MI Dale May of Dale's Golf Shop, Portage
NC Keith Groseclose of the Shaft Shop at Hyland Hills C.C., Southern Pines
NC Karl Seibel of Golf Etc. Tech Studio, Monroe
NJ Mark Ciusullo of North Jersey Golf Studio, Parsippany
NJ Bernie Dunne of Bernie Dunne Custom Clubs, Inc., Pitman
NJ Greg Rost of New Jersey Custom Golf Inc., Neptune
NV Trent Galloway of Solution Golf, Inc., Minden
NV Ron Ota of Washoe Valley Custom Clubs, Carson City
NY Mike Callahan of Airport Driving Range, Williamsville
NY Paul Sanders and Jeff Rupert of The Golfer's Edge of W.N.Y., Penfield
OH Kirby Bolen of Golf Stix, Cincinnati
OH Dave Freed of Akron Golf Clubs, Akron
PA Jerry Hintze of the Clubmakers Shop, Bethlehem
RI Thomas Spargo of Spargo Golf at Eagle Quest Dome, West Warwick
SC Lanny Correll of Dr. Golf, Pawley's Island
SC Lynn Griffin of Golf Stop at Riverside, Columbia
SC Jim Smiley of Perfect Fit at Burning Ridge, Conway
TN Greg Pickett of Pickett Golf, Germantown
TX Tim Brantley of the Golf Station, Euless
TX Matt Christian and Vipul Gidda of Elite Golf Performance, Austin
TX Deryl Jay of Saturn Golf, Lubbock
TX Mike Nugent of Impact Golf & Racket, Houston
VA Mickey Russell of Pro Am Golf Company, Yorktown

Canada

AB Ron Anderson of Tour Stix Golf, Airdrie
AB Ian Massey of Clubsmith Ltd., Edmonton
AB Rick McKenzie of Alberta Golf Works, Red Deer
BC Andrew Jeffers of The Green Room, North Vancouver
BC Chris Knight of Vista Ridge Golf, Prince George
BC Mark Middleton of Golfer's Edge - Dog Leg Left Services, Courtenay
BC Lionel Newton of Newton's Law Golf, Surrey
BC Terry Stav of Golf West, Nanaimo
BC Paul Wammer of Camber Golf Equipment, Kelowna
ON Al Bezanson of Al's Clubhouse, Greely
ON Rene Grandmaison of Grand Lynx Golf Center, Chelmsford
ON Don Irving of Artisan Golf Co., Ottawa
ON Joe Lavery of Oakville Golf, Oakville
ON Ryan Young of Paradise Golf, Thunder Bay
PQ Michel Bard of Golf la Tempete, Breakeyville
PQ Bert Emond of Golf Price Canada, Saint-Sauveur des Monts
PQ Peter Lamothe of Golf Option - Canada, Laval

Europe

Austria - Gerry Fiechtl of Gerry Fiechtl Custom, Pusterwald
Austria - Arno Lindsberger of Golfschule Sterngartl, Oberneukirchen
England - Nevil Bland of The Loft at Brocton Hall Golf Course, Stafford
England - Melvyn Fern of Four Counties Golf, Drayton
England - Jason MacNiven of Golf Principles, Hampshire
England - Lee Porter of Hylands Golf Academy, Essex
Finland - Sami Siren of Golfpaja, Laaksotie
France - Gerard Ferran of Golf Amerik, Saint Gilles
France - Amaury Leveque of Breizh Golf Fitting, Rennes
France - Jean-Michel Queva of Queva Clubfitting, Somme
Germany - Jean-Marc Peterges of JEM KG, Prutting/Muhlthal
Germany - Nick Smithers of Trust Golf, Bad Griesbach
Ireland - Colin Kirwan of Pro-Fit Golf, Dublin
Italy - Emanuele Rodenghi, Golf Tecnica, Milano
Netherlands - Marcel de Jager of Golfhunter, KJ Drunen
Netherlands - Theo Erben of FATco Golfclubs, Nieuwegein
Scotland - Ed Robertson of Applied Golf Technology, St. Andrews
Spain - Carlos Garcia of Golf Planet, Oviedo
Spain - Angel Martinez of Golf Planet, Mallorca
Spain - David Poulton of 55 Degrees, Marbella
Sweden - Breit Olsson of Brejans, Sollentuna
Sweden - Johanna Pyk-Jargard of Molle GK Shop, Molle
Switzerland - Pepe Naula of Pepe's Golf Clinic, Frauenfeld

Asia

China - Scott Wang of Tom's Golf, Zhu Hai City
Indonesia - Rodney Chan of The Old Clubhouse, Jakarta
Malaysia - Aswan Baki of Aswan the Clubmaker, Selangor
Malaysia - Alistair Guthrie of The Old Clubhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Philippines - Francis Go and Jake Ong of Custom Clubmakers International, Makati City
South Korea - Brian Byoung of Tayoon DotCom Ltd., Budang City

Australia/New Zealand

Australia - Rob Grant of Pro Tuned Golf, Ashburton
Australia - John Upston of Killarney Golf Practice Fairway, Box Hill
New Zealand - Kobus van Rensburg of the Golf Lab, Auckland

South America

Argentina - Alex Calabria, Golf Touch, Capital Federal

An independent panel of industry experts determined the criteria necessary to be considered a top club-fitting professional. From the criteria submitted, a point system was put into place to grade each application. This year's panel included renowned club designer Clay Long; Gene Parente, president of Golf Laboratories, Inc.; Steve Benzin, KZG's Director of Fitting and Education; Kim Braly, renowned steel shaft designer; 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 800/200-8800.