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SRI Sports Holds Press Conference to Announce Golf Ball License Agreement with Pro Golfer Ryo Ishikawa


SRI Sports Holds Press Conference to Announce Golf Ball License Agreement with Pro Golfer Ryo Ishikawa

SRI Sports Limited (Head Office: Kobe, Japan; President: Hiroyuki Bamba) held a press conference along with pro golfer Ryo Ishikawa at a Nagoya hotel on Tuesday, April 27 to announce a golf ball license agreement entered into between the two parties. The agreement between SRI and Mr. Ishikawa was signed on February 1 of this year but the press conference to make the official announcement was delayed, as Mr. Ishikawa was active on the US PGA Tour at that time.

At the press conference, Mr. Ishikawa commented on his reasons for choosing Srixon golf balls, citing their long flight distance off the tee and their superior feel on approach shots. Recalling that all four of his victories last year were achieved using SRIXON Z-STAR XV balls (then at the prototype stage), he vowed to continue to compete on the world stage using Srixon golf balls as his weapon of choice.

Also at the press conference, Mr. Ishikawa announced that, in addition to monetary contributions to the Junior Golf Fund he established last year, he will contribute one dozen Srixon golf balls for every birdie and two dozen for every eagle he makes during tournament play to junior golf organizations. Declaring that "For myself, I hope this will encourage me to shoot for birdies and eagles right up to the final hole, no matter what the circumstances," Mr. Ishikawa pledged to put his characteristic aggressive golfing style to work supporting junior golf.


Mr. Ishikawa's remarks (summary)

"I, Ryo Ishikawa, have recently entered a golf ball license agreement with SRI Sports.

What I was most impressed with by SRI Sports' golf balls was their distance off the tee. I had heard about their original construction, with an extra-large core and thin cover, and as I tried them out with everything from a sand wedge to a driver I was really impressed with their performance. While it goes without saying that distance off the tee is a significant factor, the feel during approach shots is also very important. For that reason, I tried a wide variety of different balls, from soft to hard. As a result, in the final analysis I decided that Srixon is the ball for me.

"Actually, last season I won four tournament victories in Japan using this ball. It's the ball I trust the most, and that's why I've decided on the Srixon golf ball as my weapon of choice from now on when I compete in tournaments both in Japan and around the world.

"Also, since last year I've established a Junior Golf Fund to which I contribute 10,000 yen for each birdie and 20,000 yen for each eagle that I make to junior golf organizations. This year, in addition I will also contribute a dozen Srixon golf balls for each birdie and two dozen for each eagle to junior players. For myself, I hope this will encourage me to shoot for birdies and eagles right up to the final hole, no matter what the circumstances, and I also hope that this commitment will encourage junior golfers to enjoy golf more and appreciate just how wonderful these golf balls are."





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