Titleist golf ball loyalist Richard Knight, a member of Manor of Groves Golf Club, is celebrating being named the winner of a trip of a lifetime following Titleist's 'Take Your Game to a Better Place' prize draw.
Open to golfers who purchased a dozen golf balls from any of the brand's current range from June 23 to August 6, the prize draw promised one Titleist fan, plus a guest, the chance to win a much-coveted grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Titleist's golf ball home in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
To enter, golfers simply had to enter the unique code which featured on a limited edition Titleist poker chip marker, which was presented upon purchase at Titleist.co.uk.
In addition to the single grand prize winner, nine runners-up also receive a year's supply of golf balls of their choice, including Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tours S, Velocity and DT TruSoft.
As luck would have it, Knight, 48, a long-time Titleist enthusiast with a handicap of 14, was chosen at random as the top prize winner.
Alongside his wife, Beth, he is now looking forward to a Titleist experience like no other, including: $500 spending money; a head to toe custom-fitting experience at Titleist’s famous Manchester Lane test facility, which includes golf ball, clubs, shoes and glove; and a round of golf at Rhode Island Country Club.
The trip, which will take place from October 1-5, will also see all winners enjoy an exclusive tour of Titleist’s Ball Plant III to see where Titleist associates make the legendary balls for amateurs and tour pros alike, and to meet some of the more than 70 physicists, chemists and engineers who work solely on testing and producing the #1 ball in golf.
Upon being notified that his lucky number was up, Knight said: “I still can’t truly believe it. I keep having to remind myself what I’ve actually won. It’s hard to imagine being there as a winner but we are really looking forward to seeing the ball plant and the R&D that goes into making a Titleist golf ball.
“I loved the idea of the poker chip and wanted one right away. I also needed a fresh supply of Pro V1s, and saw the email from my pro, so responded to him to ask if he had the poker chips in stock. The next day, I was up at the club and bought a dozen Pro V1s.
“Other than my kids being born and getting married, this is the next biggest event in my life. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement. I’ve played Titleist balls all my life since starting as a junior, aged 13, so this really is a dream come true!”
Ahead of the ‘Take Your Game to a Better Place’ trip, Michael Creighton, Titleist golf ball manager, said: “The ‘Take Your Game to a Better Place’ prize draw is a global campaign that will see a number of winners from across the world make their way to Titleist HQ in New Bedford for this incredible experience.
“We are delighted that Richard will be joining us with his wife as the UK & Ireland winner. Initiatives, such as this, are designed to reward golfers with an additional benefit at purchase, and it’s fantastic to be able to reward Richard, a life-long brand fan with this money-can’t-buy prize. We’re confident it’ll be an experience he’ll never forget.”