Drive-Bombing Hank Kuehne Joins Top-Flite as Staff Pro; The Longest Hitter on the PGA Tour Teams With the Manufacturer of the Longest Balls to Outdistance the Competition

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Thursday January 13, 2005 16:55
CHICOPEE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--

When it comes to distance, nobody on the PGA Tour was consistently as long as Hank Kuehne was last season with his big, booming drives. And now theplayer ranked No. 1 in driving distance in 2004 is set to furtheroutdistance the competition by joining forces with the manufacturer ofTHE LONGEST BALLS. Under an agreement announced today by TOP-FLITE, awholly owned subsidiary of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY), Kuehne,29, will wear a TOP-FLITE(R) hat, play the new TOP-FLITE(R) TL TourGolf Ball, carry a TOP-FLITE(R) bag, play CALLAWAY GOLF(R) or BENHOGAN woods, and play BEN HOGAN(R) irons.

"Hank is just the kind of golfer we want representing the new faceof Top-Flite," said Bob Penicka, President and COO of The Top-FliteGolf Company. "He hits it a mile, and that's always fun to watch. Buthe's also a determined, hard-working young man who is strong as an oxand has a Texas-size smile -- with personality and heart to boot. Hecomes from a great family of golf, which fits nicely with our historyas the first U.S. manufacturer of golf balls and our future as part ofthe Callaway Golf family of brands. Hank's career is really takingoff, and Top-Flite is happy to be in his bag to help him achievehis goals as a golfer."

Kuehne, a native of Dallas, Texas, played his way onto the PGATour in 2003, finishing tied for second at the Shell Houston Open andtied for third at the BellSouth Classic. He had already made a namefor himself as the 1998 U.S. Amateur Champion and on the CanadianTour, where he won the 2002 Texas Challenge and the 2002 TELUS QuebecOpen and introduced professional golf to his big Texas-style play andfriendly, easy nature. This past August, it wasn't so much Kuehne'smonster drives that impressed fans at the made-for-TV Battle at theBridges as his two clutch birdies that helped Tiger Woods and him takethe $1 million prize -- a high-pressure performance that made it clearhe's got game.

Great golf runs in the Kuehne family -- his little sister, KelliKuehne, is an LPGA Tour player and Callaway Golf staff pro who won theU.S. Women's Amateur Championship in 1996 before turning pro. Olderbrother Trip Kuehne narrowly lost the 1994 U.S. Amateur title to TigerWoods. Kuehne makes his debut as the newest Top-Flite staffprofessional on January 9th, at the Sony Hawaiian Open.

"Teaming up with the TOP-FLITE brand is just a great thing forme," Kuehne said. "I couldn't be happier with my new golf ball -- theTL Tour gives me great trajectory, amazing stability and insanedistance. I can't wait for the 2005 season to get underway."

The Top-Flite Golf Company is a wholly owned subsidiary ofCallaway Golf Company and is the world's largest golf ballmanufacturer. It is the first US manufacturer of golf balls, dimpledgolf balls, two-piece golf balls, multi-layer golf balls, andAmerican-made golf clubs. Under The Top-Flite Golf Company umbrellaare the TOP-FLITE(R) and BEN HOGAN(R) brands. To find more informationon The Top-Flite Golf Company, visit our website at or call Consumer Relations at TFGOLFCO(866-834-6532).

CONTACT: The Top-Flite Golf Company
Dennis Blake, 413-322-2188
Source: Business Wire Press Release

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