Srixon® and Cleveland® Golf congratulate staff player Smylie Kaufman on his first Web.com Tour victory at the 2015 United Leasing Championship held at the Victoria National Golf Club, in Newburgh, Indiana. The 23-year-old former LSU player from Birmingham, Alabama, matched the course record during Saturday’s round by shooting a 64 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Despite two double bogeys on the back nine of Sunday’s final round, Kaufman’s closing round of 1-over 73 allowed him to finish at 10-under 278 for a five stroke margin of victory.
“I’m blown away. Shocked,” said Kaufman. “I still can’t comprehend it all, but I’m so excited about getting this win. It wasn’t perfect. I just stayed composed and believed in what I was doing.”
“Smylie is a winner, a worker, doesn’t settle for anything beneath his standards,” said Mike Dunphy, Player Development Manager for Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO® – U.S.A. “When he switched to the Srixon ball after his collegiate days were over, our group pretty much knew what the results would be. We are pleased to say he has exceeded them and will continue to do so on his journey to better.”
Kaufman’s victory, coming off consecutive fourth-place ties at the Louisiana Open and Mexico Championship, has vaulted him from 28th to fourth on the 2015 Web.com Tour money list with a total of $159,535.
Kaufman played with Srixon’s new 4th generation Z STAR® ball with SpinSkin® Technology, a Cleveland Classic 290 driver (9.0°), a Srixon Z F45 fairway wood (15°), a Cleveland 588® MT #3 iron (18°), Srixon Z 745 irons (#3-#9) and Cleveland Golf 588 RTX® wedges (48°, 52°, 58°). Kaufman wears a Srixon hat, a Srixon glove, and carries a Srixon bag.
For more information on Smylie Kaufman and the Journey to Better, please visit: http://srixon.com/thejourney/
ABOUT Cleveland® Golf, Srixon® and XXIO®:
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Cleveland® Golf, Srixon®, and XXIO® are all part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and each brand enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. Their professional staffs include players such as Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, Inbee Park, as well as many others. Cleveland® Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading equipment manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls which offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability. XXIO®, with their long standing tradition of premium golf clubs in Japan, brings the #1 golf brand in Japan to America. Cleveland® Golf, Srixon®, and XXIO® remain steadfastly committed to providing “Tour proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf.” For more information, please contact Keith Patterson, PR/Media Relations Manager (714.889.5808) or visit us online at www.clevelandgolf.com, www.srixon.com, and www.xxiousa.com.