WEBB USES NIPPON SHAFT ENROUTE TO 39TH VICTORY AT LPGA SHOPRITE CLASSIC

By Nippon Shaft Posted June 5, 2013 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 3, 2013) – Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons en route to her come-from-behind victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey on Sunday (June 2).

The 38-year-old native Australian shot 3-under par 68 in windy conditions in the final round at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township, N.J. to win her 39th LPGA tournament, the most victories among active players.

A longtime supporter and player of Nippon Shaft products, Webb used Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Regio prototype graphite shafts in her driver and fairway woods, and in her irons she used N.S. PRO 1050GH steel shafts. She shot 72-69-68—209 for a 4-under par total in the 54-hole event, and earned $225,000.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely pleased and excited that Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons in winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company. “Karrie has played Nippon Shaft for many years we could not be prouder that such a fine player has confidence in our products.”

The victory was Webb’s 53rd worldwide, including a win earlier this year at the Australian Ladies Masters. On Sunday, she overcame a five-shot deficit in blustery conditions to come back and win by two shots.

Over the course a professional career that began in 1996, Webb has amassed nearly $18 million in official earnings. This year, she has four top 10 finishes in 10 starts, and has accumulated $481,123 in tournament earnings.

In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.

In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology – Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia.

Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer. Nippon Shaft’s North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.


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