Golf News for Friday, January 19, 2007 | People

Fuzzy Zoeller and clubmaker PowerBilt reunite after 15 years

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. -- It could be called golf’s “warm and fuzzy” story of the New Year. But it might be better to call it golf’s “Orange and Fuzzy” story. That’s because after 15 years, Masters and U.S. Open Champion Fuzzy Zoeller is re-uniting with PowerBilt®.

It’s an exciting partnership that will have Fuzzy playing PowerBilt, carrying the bright orange bag, and designing clubs for both Tour and amateur play.

“I’ll be swinging PowerBilt clubs on Tour again and we’re bringing back the orange PowerBilt bag,” Zoeller said, “It’s going to be a lot of fun to see that orange bag on the Tour fairways again sitting under my signature Duck head cover. I had great success with PowerBilt. Heck, ten of the twelve professional tournaments I won, including the Masters and U.S. Open, were with PowerBilt. We’re going to work hard to resurrect that success.”

Zoeller will play a new line of PowerBilt Citation forged irons which he’ll help design with PowerBilt’s research & development team lead by Mark Wilson. Fuzzy and PowerBilt R&D will also design high quality utility woods, fairway woods, and drivers for Tour play.

“Fuzzy will help PowerBilt make inroads with golf professionals,” said Larry Edlin, President of PowerBilt Golf. “He’s highly regarded for his knowledge of the game and, of course, his personality is second to none on Tour. We’re thrilled to have Fuzzy back with PowerBilt, one of the great heritage brands in the game, and we expect to see PowerBilt clubs in the hands of more professionals as well as amateur players everywhere with Fuzzy’s help.”

The three-time Ryder Cup team member and 12-time Tour winner, including the 1979 Masters, 1984 U.S. Open and 2002 Senior PGA, will also work with PowerBilt R&D to develop many other Fuzzy Zoeller designed and named clubs. That equipment will be available in pro shops, golf specialty stores, and other locations in the 24 countries where PowerBilt is distributed.
“PowerBilt knows golf. They’ve been making clubs since 1916,” Zoeller said. “I’m impressed with PowerBilt’s commitment to returning to their roots and making premium products that will put PowerBilt back at the top of the game. I want to tell you, we’re going to have state-of-the-art technology, great design and terrific looking clubs. I’m back with PowerBilt and PowerBilt is back in premium golf equipment.”

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About PowerBilt Golf: PowerBilt® is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. which first entered the golf club business in 1916. It remains the oldest golf equipment company under continuous family ownership. PowerBilt clubs have been used to win more than 120 professional tournaments including eight major championships. Other Hillerich & Bradsby Co. brands include Louisville Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, TPS® Hockey and Bionic® Gloves

FUZZY ZOELLER’S BIO & STATS
Name: Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birth date: November 11, 1951
Birthplace: New Albany, IN
Residence: Floyds Knobs, IN
Turned Pro: 1973
Q School: 1974
Tour Victories: 1979 Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1979 Masters
1981 Colonial NIT
1983 Sea Pines Heritage
1983 Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Open
1984 U.S. Open
1985 Hertz Bay Hill Classic
1986 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
1986 Sea Pines Heritage
1986 Anheuser-Busch Classic
2002 Senior PGA Championship
2003 MasterCard Championship
Ryder Cup: 1979, 1983, 1985
1985 Bob Jones Award winner - the highest honor given by the USGA in recognition of popularity among those on the Tour.
For more information on Fuzzy Zoeller visit www.fuz.com or contact Dave Lobeck, President & COO of Fuzzy Zoeller Productions, at (812) 246-8200 or dave@fuz.com.

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