Golf News for Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Business

List of the World’s Top 100 Professional ClubFitters announced

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The 2nd annual list of the World’s Top 100 Professional ClubFitters has been released. All of the top 100 are accomplished professionals who have studied and trained for years. In terms of skill and knowledge, the 2007 Top 100 winners are on par with the technicians on the PGA Tour. The only difference is, the World’s Top 100 ClubFitters provide those benefits to the everyday golfer, improving performance and ultimately making the game easier and more enjoyable.

The Top 100 hail from all over the world: 2 from Australia, 15 from Europe, 5 from Asia, 13 from Canada and 65 from the United States.

Everyone will tell you…getting your clubs custom fit will improve your game…no equivocation here. But there are so many claiming to be fitters…the nineteen year old standing next to an expensive simulator in a large retail store, the old soul who eyeballs your ball flight, and the very questionable “expert” who claims he can fit you over the internet.
There are “wagglers”; there are the “guessers”; there are the “which one feels best?” and then there are bonafide Professional Fitters. Where do you find someone who really is going to do it right? The Top 100 is a good place to look.

An exhaustive selection process designed by an elite panel of independent industry insiders produced the globally diverse final list, which includes members from all over the globe. From retail shops serving small communities to urban mega-facilities, the World's Top 100 ClubFitters represent those who are the most skilled, the most knowledgeable, and the most committed to the process of custom fitting golf equipment.

Many of the golf industry's experts contributed to the process of establishing the selection criteria, from well-known club head designers like Clay Long and Art Chou, to Gene Parente of the independent testing facility Golf Labs, to Kim Braley world renowned shaft designer, Dr. Christian Reichardt golf sports fitness expert and a host of others involved in manufacturing and training of custom fitters. While input varied from panel member to panel member, there was an overall desire to find clubfitters who could merge technical expertise with a distinctly personal touch.

Each application was evaluated on a point system rating the level of sophistication of the fitting process, an understanding of head and shaft design and how they affect play, the proper use of launch monitors and fitting systems, understanding the golfer and his psychological and physical needs and goals, marketing, advertising, providing first-class service and facilities, and overall success (always a good indicator of one’s reputation in the area). Also heavily weighted was “integrity” for those professionals who put their customer’s needs ahead of profit, who guarantee their work, and whose passion will help grow the game.
“Seeing the big picture is really at the core of what we’re doing,” says Jennifer King, President of KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine. “When golfers play with clubs that fit, they play better and enjoy the game. When they enjoy the game, they play more, and the game grows. In the end, it’s a win-win for everyone who loves golf.”

Applicants for the World’s Top 100 list were required to complete a lengthy application that included several essays on equipment knowledge, clubfitting process, and business ingenuity. Career history and education were also considered.

CONGRATULATIONS TO…
THE WORLD'S TOP 100 CLUBFITTERS FOR 2007
AUSTRALIA
Queensland: Jeremy Tuerlings, New Age Golf Solutions
Bundall (0) 755923388
Victoria: Rob Grant, Pro Tuned Golf
Ashwood (0) 398851544
Garry Turner, Statesman Golf
Melton (0) 97439189
EUROPE
Belgium: Harry Stassen, Golf Innovation
Antwerp (0) 495510721
England: Rene Cleaver, Club Masters
Cheltenham (0) 1452715007
Melvyn Fern, Designer Golf (Four Counties)
Drayton Bassett (0) 1827259242
Germany: Jean-Marc Peterges, JEM KG
Anfahrt uber Zaisering (0) 8031230452
Nick Smithers, Trust Golf
Haarbach (0) 8535926980
Ireland: Colin Kirwan, Pro-Fit Golf
Dublin (0) 312783334
Italy: Emanuele Rodenghi, Golf Tecnica
Milano (0) 3387167262
Netherlands: Theo Erben, FATco Golfclubs op maat
Nieuwegein (0) 306034421
Norway: John Andersen, Andersens Golf i Nord
Harstad (0) 90138884
Andreas Lind, Custom Golf - Norway
Snaroya (0) 67110080
Scotland: Ed Robertson, Applied Golf Technology, Ltd. @ St. Andrews Links Golf Academy
Fife (0) 7790692588
Spain: Angel Martinez, Golf Planet
Llucmajor (0) 636028543
David Poulton, 55 Degrees
Marbella (0) 685990138
Sweden: Breit Olsson, Brejans
Sollentuna (0) 86231060
Switzerland: Giuseppe Naula, Pepe’s Golf-Clinic
Frauenfeld (0) 527216762
ASIA
Hong Kong: Jeremy Li, Improve Your Game, Ltd.
Wanchai (0) 28948338
Malaysia: Alistair Guthrie, The Old Clubhouse
Kuala Lumpur (0) 320957133
Aswan Baki, ASWANTHECLUBMAKER
Selangor (0) 129339339
Philippines: Francis Go, Custom Clubmakers International
Makati (0) 8302222
Jake Ong, Custom Clubmakers International
Makati (0) 8302222
South Korea: Brian Byoung, Tayoon DotCom
Budang City (0) 317260020
Hun Lee, Woods Golf Fitting Center
Gyeonggi-do (0) 317151235
Thailand: Mick Wittering, Custom Clubmakers Company, Ltd.
Bangkok (0) 32531096
Tom Massengill, GMT Clubmakers Deluxe
Bangkok (0) 29478663
CANADA
Alberta: Ron Anderson, Tour Stix
Airdrie 403-255-4653
Ian Massey, Clubsmith LTD
Edmonton 708-496-9135
Rick McKenzie, Alberta Golf Works
Red Deer 403-346-4653
BC: Mark Middleton, The Golfer’s Edge
Courtenay, BC 250-703-0440
Doug Osness, Camber Golf Equipment
Kelowna 250-860-7772
Lionel Newton, Newton’s Law Golf
Surrey 604-535-6492
Ontario: Joe Lavery, Oakville Golf
Oakville 905-825-5757
Brendan Ryan, Oakville Golf
Oakville 905-825-5757
Don Irving, Artisan Golf
Ottawa 613-592-0524
Claude Giroux, The Village Green Golf Range
Stoney Point 519-798-4401
Ryan Young, Paradise Golf - Canada
Thunder Bay 807-628-0668
Quebec: Bert Emond, Golf Price Canada
Ste. Adele 450-229-4879
Saskatchewan: Cam King, King Custom Golf
Saskatoon 306-373-1808
UNITED STATES
Alaska: John Gose, Full Swing Golf
Anchorage 907-344-4653
Arizona: Roger Ide, Perfect Golf Swing
Mesa 480-333-0003
California: Pat Carroll, King of Clubs
Elk Grove 916-685-3026
Kat Carroll, King of Clubs
Elk Grove 916-685-3026
Haena Kim, Max Fit Golf
Los Angeles 213-252-0078
Jimmy Park, Max Fit Golf
Los Angeles 213-252-0078
Jay Lee, Max Fit Golf
Los Angeles 213-252-0078
Steve Benzin, KZG
North Hollywood 818-762-3495
Leith Anderson, Golf Lab
Palo Alto 650-493-1770
Bob Huff, Golf Lab
Palo Alto 650-493-1770
Joe Teixeira, Joe’s Custom Golf and Repair
Pleasant Hill 925-685-2524
Dale Briggs, Lake Redding Golf
Redding 530-243-8527
Matt Coe, Bay Golf
San Bruno 650-588-9818
Terry Kim, Golf Tech – CA
Sunnyvale 408-732-8324
Sean Woo, Golf Tech – CA
Sunnyvale 408-732-8324
Troy Hefner, Golf Etc. - Upland
Upland 909-608-7855
Randy Colbus, Golf Etc. - Upland
Upland 909-608-7855
Colorado: Bryan Beem, Bonnie Brae Golf Club
Denver 303-777-4910
Florida: Josh Musselman, Josh Musselman’s Golf Express
Bonita Springs 239-390-2508
Bill Goldy, Club Foremations
Stuart 772-463-1167
Dan Yoakam, Dan’s High Tech Golf
Tallahassee 850-508-4840
Indiana: Kelly Mettert, Custom Golf of New Haven
New Haven 260-749-5420
Kansas: Mike Dickerson, Golf MD
Olathe 913-663-5050
John Mitchell, Golf MD
Olathe 913-663-5050
Michigan: John Sieber, Siebergolf
Coloma 269-849-4619
Sam Anderson, Indian Hills Golf Course
Okemos 517-349-1010
Dale May, Dale’s Golf Shop
Portage 269-327-2155
Mississippi: Steve Scharnhorst, Tee to Green Golf
D’Iberville 228-396-4416
Greg Pickett, Greg Pickett Golf
Olive Branch 901-757-1112
N. Carolina: Mark Davis, Effortless Golf
Charlotte 704-541-5251
Ronnie Cheek, Special-Tee Custom Golf
High Point 336-889-0333
Herman Williams, Perfect Fit Golf
Raleigh 919-661-7100
New Jersey: Greg Rost, Club Doc
Neptune 732-668-5210
Bernie Dunne, Bernie Dunne Custom Clubs
Pitman 856-589-8313
Mark Ciasullo, Enterprise Golf
Secaucus 201-348-6544
Nevada: Ron Ota, Washoe Valley Custom Clubs
Carson City 775-883-2582
New York: John Duffy, Golfer’s Edge
Penfield 585-383-9280
Mike Callahan, Airport Driving Range
Williamsville 716-634-5588
Ohio: Paul Bessler, Mitchell Golf Equipment
Centerville 937-436-1314
Kirby Bolen, Golf Stix
Cincinnati 513-671-3033
Ted Cremeans, Rollandia Golf Center
Dayton 937-434-4911
Oklahoma: Craig Hastings, Golf Etc.
Oklahoma City 405-227-9407
Oregon: Ed Kreipe, North Woods Golf Co.
Portland 503-245-1910
Pennsylvania: Jerry Hintze, Clubmakers Shop
Bethlehem 610-865-9192
S. Carolina: Connie Rockhill, The Clubmaker
Bluffton 843-757-7636
Jim Smiley, Coastal Carolina Golf
Conway 843-234-1583
Steve Goforth, The Eagle Zone Golf Center
Greenville 864-288-0001
Lanny Correll, Dr. Golf
Pawley’s Island 843-237-3362
Tennessee: John Terry, Sweet Stix
Bristol 423-968-4885
Texas: Bill Choung, CompuGolf Training Center
Carrollton 972-323-0077
Tim Brantley, The Golf Station
Euless 469-744-0191
Larry Gibson, Custom Clubs by Larry Gibson
Houston 832-467-9668
David Weikman, Custom Clubs by Larry Gibson
Houston 832-467-9668
Deryl Jay, Saturn Golf
Lubbock 806-785-5363
Virginia: Evan Sturdivant, Legends Custom Clubs
Vienna 703-759-5664
Mike Cates, Legends Custom Clubs
Vienna 703-759-5664
Mike Daschbach, Mike’s Clubshop at Bow Creek Golf Course
Virginia Beach 757-425-4653
Tom Moore, Fredericksburg Golf Center
Fredericksburg 540-372-7888
Mickey Russell, Pro Am Golf Company
Yorktown 757-890-9392
Wisconsin: Chip Acker, Marshfield Country Club
Marshfield 715-384-4409
For additional information on the World’s Top 100 Professional ClubFitters, please contact Derek Jennings by phone at (800) 200-8800 or e-mail at derek@kzgolf.com.
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