CARLSBAD, Calif. (September 6, 2016) – Nippon Shaft had a successful weekend on both major women’s and men’s professional tours, scoring a victory on the LPGA and a runner-up finish in the second event of the PGA TOUR’s playoff series.
On the LPGA, the 27-year-old German recorded her first career win at the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Canada where she used Nippon Shaft’s classic N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in both her irons and wedges. The two-time European Solheim Cup contestant shot rounds of 68-69-68-67 for a 16-under par total of 272.
The former Oklahoma State player started her final round one stroke out of the lead and made nine birdies en route to her 5-under par fourth round total, good for a one-stroke victory and a winner’s check of $240,000.
Meanwhile, at the PGA TOUR’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the 39-year-old Englishman finished runner-up with a 13-under par total, using Nippon Shaft PROTO MODUS ORA X-flex in his irons and wedges. During the tournament at TPC Boston, he hit 76 percent of his greens in regulation. He is fifth on Tour in that statistic, hitting an average of 70 percent of his greens.
The strong performance moved the world’s 22nd-ranked player into 10th place on the FedExCup points list, a 49-place improvement, heading into this week’s BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate these two excellent players on their most recent performances on their respective tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “Whether it is on the women’s or men’s tours, Nippon Shaft provides shafts designed and engineered to help players get the most out of their games. We are honored they have chosen our products to help them succeed against the toughest competitors in the world.”
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. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.
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.