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FootJoy happy to do this

Company to enter apparel business

Peter Uihlein used his first experience in a major, a missed cut at the Masters, in his return to college competition. Peter Uihlein used his first experience in a major, a missed cut at the Masters, in his return to college competition. (Andrew Redington/ Getty Images)
By Michael Whitmer
Globe Staff / April 21, 2011

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FootJoy has been the market leader in golf shoes, socks, and gloves for years, and has sold its fair share of outerwear since DryJoys were introduced in 1997.

Now the Fairhaven-based company is entering the golf apparel business, with a full line of men’s pants, shirts, sweaters, and other assorted items destined for a January 2012 public launch.

Steve Stricker, a PGA Tour player who uses FootJoy products, has been wearing some of the prototype clothing, which will feature the “FJ’’ logo.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to move into an adjacent business and believe the timing is right,’’ said FootJoy’s president, Jim Connor. “We have the right people and support in place to be as successful in performance golf apparel as we are in our golf footwear, glove, and sock categories.’’

The initial focus will only be on men’s clothing, with shirts expected to sell for between $55 and $75.

Final round?
The Heritage dates to 1969, with many a PGA Tour player relishing the peaceful surroundings of Hilton Head, S.C., as a way to relax and unwind after a week spent grinding under major pressure at the Masters. This year the Heritage didn’t land its customary spot right after Augusta, but is being played this week, and quite possibly for the final time. Tournament officials have been trying for more than a year to land a new title sponsor. If one isn’t found by the end of the year, the popular tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links, with its familiar lighthouse behind the 18th green, likely will be bumped from the PGA Tour schedule. This year’s event is being funded mostly by reserves built up by the tournament’s foundation, and a contribution from the city and county . . . Dustin Johnson is in the market for a new caddie, having split during the week with Bobby Brown, who had been on the bag for all four of Johnson’s PGA Tour victories. Reportedly, the split was amicable, and might not be permanent, but Johnson will use a few replacements in his upcoming tournaments before deciding who gets the job. Johnson has a second- and a third-place finish this year; he won twice in 2010. Brown took some heat for Johnson’s two-stroke penalty on the 72d hole of last year’s PGA Championship, and also gave his man an incorrect tee time earlier this year, also resulting in a two-stroke penalty. After both incidents, Johnson supported Brown . . . Royal St. George’s, site of this year’s British Open, will be stretched 100 yards from the last time the Open was held there, and par has been reduced from 71 to 70, the R&A said during the week. The par change comes at the fourth hole, which has been altered from a short par 5 to a long par 4. Ben Curtis won the last British Open at St. George’s, in 2003, and was the only player to break par . . . Hall of Famers Patty Sheehan and Beth Daniel again will be on the United States team for the upcoming Handa Cup in Rye, N.H. Tickets for the May 21-22 event at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are available at, with proceeds benefiting the First Tee of New Hampshire. Children 17 and under and all military personnel are admitted free.

Uihlein rebounds
Peter Uihlein didn’t let a missed cut in his Masters debut get him down. Instead, the New Bedford native used his first major championship experience as a springboard to a lopsided win in his return to college competition. A junior at top-ranked Oklahoma State, Uihlein rolled to a five-shot victory at the Aggie Invitational over the weekend in Texas, shooting 72-67-71 for his second individual title of the season. The Cowboys finished second, behind host Texas A&M . . . At least one Woods has found the winner’s circle this year. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’s 20-year-old niece, captured the individual title at the ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The Wake Forest junior had rounds of 70-70-68 at Sedgefield Country Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, and won by seven strokes. Boston College, led by Kelsey Rockey’s 80-77-81, finished ninth . . . The ACC men’s championships start tomorrow in New London, N.C., while the men’s and women’s Ivy League tournaments begin tomorrow in New Jersey, the men at Galloway National, the women at Atlantic City Country Club.

Room to go
Space is still available for the two-man Cronin Memorial at Country Club of Halifax, which typically draws some of the best amateurs in the state. The tournament is April 28-29, so for those interested in playing, call 781-293-9061 or e-mail . . . The third ALS Drive Fore the Green Charity Golf Classic will be May 23 at Pocasset Golf Club. Cost for the scramble tournament is $160 person or $600 for a foursome, and includes golf and dinner. A raffle and auction also are planned, with proceeds benefiting the ALS Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., located in Buzzards Bay. Tournament sponsorships are also available. For information, call 508-759-9696 . . . Today is the deadline to enter either the Member Day at Cohasse Country Club (May 2) or the Massachusetts Open, which has qualifiers beginning on May 16, with the tournament scheduled for June 27-29 at Oak Hill Country Club. For information on either, visit . . . Joel Schwartz of Woburn shot 78 at the Pinehills Nicklaus course to win low gross honors at a Tour of Greater Boston event. A 71 from Rich Oliveira of Newton took low net.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at

Correction: Because of a reporter's error, an earlier version of this story contained an incorrectly spelling of Cohasse Country Club.