Volvik Announces LPGA Tour Staff for 2014
Volvik Announces LPGA Tour Staff for 2014, Season Starts January 23 in Bahamas
With the LPGA Tour season starting back up today at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, Volvik is pleased to announce their 2014 LPGA Tour staff.
Eleven LPGA Tour players will be playing different color and different model Volvik golf balls this season on the LPGA Tour.
"What a season we had on the LPGA Tour in 2013," said Volvik USA President Don Shin. "It seemed like every week we had a player leading or near the lead on the LPGA Tour. We were able to spread the word on Volvik to hundreds of thousands of golfers watching our LPGA Tour players perform in 2013 and we feel we have made all the right moves to have similar, if not better, success in 2014."
Three players finished on the Top 25 on the LPGA Tour money list in 2013 playing Volvik golf balls and all three players will be returning to the Volvik staff in 2014. Star players Chella Choi and Pornanong Phatlum endorsement deals carried over from previous multi-year deals. Phatlum had a productive off-season, winning the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour December 7 and the Hitachi Ladies Open on the LAGT January 12 with a Pink Vista iS golf ball. Choi finished a career year in 2013 as the highest ranking Volvik player, finishing the year 17th with $739,441 earned.
The other Volvik staff player to finish in the Top 25 and defending champion of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, Ilhee Lee, was re-signed to a 2-year extension in the off-season. Number 45 from the 2013 LPGA Tour money list, Meena Lee, was also re-signed to the Volvik professional staff for 2014 and beyond. After a solid rookie year in 2013, Mi Hyang Lee, is also on a multi-year deal and is looking to have a break out year and 2014.
Australian Lindsey Wright will be playing her Orange Volvik golf ball in 2014 after earning $125,964 in 2013. American Victoria Elizabeth will be playing her second straight LPGA Tour season after qualifying for the tour in Q-school. She is the first player to use four different colored golf balls and earn a tour card in Q-School history.
American golfer Christine Song will be joining the Volvik LPGA Tour staff again after earning her LPGA Tour card on the 2013 Symetra Tour by finishing 4th in the Volvik Race for the Card. Song won twice on the Symetra Tour in 2013 using a Yellow Volvik golf ball. Former LPGA Major winner Birdie Kim will also be joining the LPGA again this year after earning status through Q-school.
A new player to the Volvik staff, Thidapa Sunawannapura, will be joining Team Volvik in 2014. Sunawannapura won the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour Nov. 30 by three shots at the Delhi Golf Club with a new prototype Volvik golf ball. Her victory is the first win for the new hybrid white/color golf ball that is launching Jan. 22 at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
In 2013, players using Volvik color golf balls earned one Victory, 13 Top 5 finishes, 22 Top 10 finishes and 48 total Top 25 finishes on the LPGA Tour. These prolific numbers mean that Volvik averaged a Top 5 finish in over half of the LPGA events played and averaged a Top 10 finish in 78% of the events played this season. With 48 Top 25 finishes, Volvik averaged 1.7 Top 25 finishes per event played. Six different players using Vista iS golf balls held the lead of an LPGA or LET round 10 different times this season. Company officials estimate that Volvik has received over $2.5 million in television airtime exposure from their players performing on the tour telecasts.
Volvik had 195 total instances of professionals using their Vista golf balls in tournament play on the 2013 LPGA Tour (77 Orange, 71 Yellow, 43 Pink and 3 Green).
Volvik is the #1 Color Golf Ball On Tour, with over 335 of its color golf balls in play on the 2012 and 2013 LPGA Tour. Since 2012, players using Volvik's ultra high-performance color golf balls earned over $4.8 million on the LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Symetra Tour with six victories and 55 Top 10 finishes.
Volvik is the #1 Color Golf Ball On Tour with over 70 professionals using Volvik's ultra high-performance color golf balls on the world's professional tours. Since 2012, players using Volvik golf balls have earned over $5 million on the LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour, Ladies European Tour, LAGT and Symetra Tour with nine victories and 59 Top 10 finishes.
Volvik has experienced more colors (5) and number of color golf balls in play on the world's professional tours than any other manufacturer in the history of golf. In 2013 on the LPGA Tour, Volvik had 195 total instances of professionals using their Vista golf balls in tournament play (77 Orange, 71 Yellow, 44 Pink and 3 Green).
Volvik is dedicated to the production of specialized 3- and 4-piece multi-layer golf balls that feature 37 worldwide patents. In over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on highly innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world.