Highly-rated English youngster Stiggy Hodgson has signed with Wilson Staff as he makes the step up from the amateur ranks to the professional game.
The 21-year-old two-time Walker Cup player has played Wilson clubs since the age of ten and will continue stick by the brand which boasts more major victories with its irons than any other manufacturer as he takes on the 2012 Challenge Tour.
Hodgson begins his first full year as a professional player with the new FG Tour V2 irons, joining the likes of three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington and PGA Tour star Ricky Barnes who have also put the brand new forged cavity-back irons into play for the forthcoming season.
The Sunningdale player enjoyed a fruitful time as a junior with back-to-back victories in the Abu Dhabi Junior Golf Championship in 2007 and 2008, before following in the footsteps of Lee Westwood and Justin Rose to claim the prestigious Peter McEvoy trophy.
In the amateur game, Hodgson has accumulated seven top-10 finishes, as well as making it to the semi final and final of the 2009 British Amateur and 2011 Spanish International Amateur Matchplay Championships respectively.
Says Wilson’s business director for Europe Doug Wright: “Stiggy has been in the public eye ever since his junior days, but especially from 2009 when he was the young star of his first Walker Cup match.
“We’re delighted that he’s decided to continue his relationship with Wilson and hope he enjoys a successful first year on the Challenge Tour with the FG Tour V2 irons.”
Hodgson joins a growing list of high-profile players who have chosen Wilson Staff clubs for the new season. Harrington and Barnes aside, they also include 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, Englishmen Anthony Wall and Steve Webster, Dane Andreas Hartø and PGA Tour star Kevin Streelman.