Titleist, FootJoy Announce Online Auction for COVID-19 Relief
23 Apr 2020
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, with golf being hard hit right as the annual spring boom in play was getting started. Despite that fact, the Acushnet Company has stepped up with highly impactful efforts.
After donating 100,000 masks and PPE supplies to hospitals, and retrofitting their Massachusetts plants to produce PPE equipment, the company's main brands decided to donate 15% of online sales to the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund
. (That effort continues through the month of April so visit Titleist, FootJoy, Scotty Cameron, or KJUS websites to stock up now.)
And they weren't done yet -- the company is also participating in Rain Suits for Responders to collect new or gently used golf rain suits and deliver them directly to healthcare workers on the frontlines. (This writer will be going through his inventory right after posting.)
Today, Titleist and FootJoy are tapping into their amazing network of Ambassadors and Tour Players to auction off once-in-a-lifetime experiences with 100% of the proceeds going to CDP's COVID-19 Response Fund.
The week-long online auction, which begins today (April 23) at 10:00 a.m. EDT and closes on April 30 at 9:00 p.m. EDT, is being presented by Titleist, FootJoy, Vokey, Scotty Cameron and Kjus.
“Like so many others, the Acushnet team is committed to being a positive force in support of front line health care workers, the local communities in which we operate, golf professionals, and others in the industry, who have been most affected by this pandemic,” said David Maher, President and CEO, Acushnet Company.
WHAT''S UP FOR BID
Here are some of the twelve Titleist/FootJoy experiences you can bid on -- or just enjoy thinking about while watching the money being raised.. How about an opportunity to tee it up with a top-ranked tour players Ian Poulter or Justin Thomas, or schedule a golf lesson with a Butch Harmon or Peter Kostis? You can get fit like a Tour Player with Bob Vokey, or experience Pebble Beach with local resident Jim Nance. (Nance recorded a personal video message about the program from his amazing replica green of Pebble Beach no. 7 which you can view here
Win one of these experiences, and you'll have something to look forward to when life (and golf) return to normal, all while ‘Chipping In’ to make an impact with COVID-19 Relief Charity Golf Auction.
Titleist and FootJoy's Chipping In Auction delivers 100% of the proceeds towards the relief efforts of three deserving organizations: CDP COVID-19 Response Fund; the United Way chapters of Greater New Bedford and San Diego County, supporting the local communities where the majority of the Titleist and FootJoy U.S. associates work and live; and, following the lead of the PGA of America and other golf organizations, the Golf Emergency Relief Fund.
“We are grateful to our many partners, brand ambassadors and associates for their contributions," added Acushnet CEO Maher. "As we work together to endure these challenging times, and collectively look forward to the better days that lie ahead.”
To view the Auction introduction video presented by Jim Nantz and a description of the Experiences, please visit the COVID-19 Relief Charity Golf Auction site at