Golf equipment manufacturer PING has announced that they will once again partner with staff player Bubba Watson on an equipment-based fundraiser. It is the continuation of the initiative started in 2012 that has now generated more than (USD) $1 million in donations.
In the latest effort the company will sell 6,000 limited edition PING G drivers similar to the one used by Watson. For each of the clubs sold there will be a $60 donation to the Bubba Watson Foundation.
“Bubba’s a creative thinker and his decision to distinguish himself by using a pink driver and shaft helped make this program possible,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “I first met him as a teenager and he’s been on our staff since turning professional in 2003. He has a huge heart and continues to use his success in golf to help people in need, especially children. We’re blessed with the opportunity to partner with Bubba and are very grateful to golfers who choose to support this program for the benefit of the Bubba Watson Foundation.”
In the past funds from the Bubba Watson Foundation have been used to support entities such as the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Sacred Heart children’s hospital in Pensacola, Florida (where Bubba was born), along with other children’s charities in that part of Florida.
“PING and the Solheim family are incredibly generous in giving back to the game through ideas like the limited-edition pink-driver program,” Watson said. “I’m very grateful for all of their support, on and off the golf course. The response from the first two driver programs was amazing, so I’m excited to continue this tradition for the third time. We’ve been able to do a lot of great things together that truly help improve the lives of the less fortunate and those in need.”
The limited-edition drivers will have a bright pink shaft and clubhead featuring the same technology as the highly acclaimed standard G driver, including Dragonfly Technology on the crown finished in dark grey to create a contrasting, eye-popping appearance. The pink G drivers are offered in 9º and 10.5º lofts (adjustable up to +- 1º) for right-handed players; 10.5º (adjustable up to +- 1º) for left-handed players. It is available in R and S flexes.
The special edition driver will sell for approximately (USD) $650 and includes a Bubba Watson caricature headcover.