By Nippon Shaft Posted February 21, 2014 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb 17, 2014) – Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons to come from five shots behind and win her fifth Australian Open title at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne over the weekend.

Webb, who used the Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro 1050GH in her irons and graphite Regio shafts in her woods, shot a final-round best 4-under par 68 to finish at 12-under for the tournament to win by one shot. The victory was her 40th LPGA title and her 52nd as a pro. She last won the Australian Open in 2008.

A longtime ambassador for Nippon Shaft, the 39-year-old native Australian said gusty winds aided her cause by toughening the golf course for the leaders. “I was thankful for the weather changing,” Webb said. Webb shot 276 on rounds of 71-69-68-68.

A longtime player of Nippon Shaft products and a supporter, Webb used Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Regio prototype graphite shafts in her driver and fairway woods, and in N.S. PRO 1050GH steel shafts in her irons.

“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 Ladies Australian Open,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company. “Karrie has played Nippon Shaft products for many years, and we could not be prouder that such a fine player has confidence in our products.”

The victory was Webb’s 52nd worldwide as pro, including a win early last year at the Australian Ladies Masters. On Sunday, she overcame a five-shot deficit in blustery conditions to come back and win by a shot. Over the course of a professional career that began in 1996, Webb has amassed nearly $18 million in official earnings.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global clubfitter network. Details of these can be found at www.nipponshaft.com

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.