Nicklaus Golf Balls to make competitive debut at PNC Father/Son Challenge

Golden Bear and son Gary will tee up the Nicklaus Black
against a 20-team field of major championship winners
Jack and Gary Nicklaus from the 2012 Father/Son Challenge

Jack and Gary Nicklaus also competed in the 2012 PNC Father/Son Challenge

Nicklaus Black, one of the new Nicklaus Golf Balls introduced last month, will be put into competitive play for the first time this weekend when Jack Nicklaus and son Gary compete in the 16th PNC Father/Son Challenge. The Nicklauses highlight the 20-team field of golf legends—all of whom have won major championships to qualify for the event—and their sons (or daughters), where a $1 million prize purse and the Willie Park Trophy is on the line. The 36-hole scramble-format is being played at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

The Golden Bear, who teamed with Gary in 1999 to win the Father/Son, has been practicing the last week and has chosen the Nicklaus Black to take into competition.

“I like the ball a lot,” Nicklaus said. “I’ve played it a number of times now, and I like the distance and ball flight I am getting, and it plays nicely around the greens. We are going to put it into play and let her go.”

Gary, who played three years on the PGA TOUR (2000-02) before retiring from competitive professional golf and regaining his amateur playing status in 2007, will also play the Nicklaus Black.

“Like my father, I look forward to putting the Nicklaus Golf Balls into play,” Gary said. “It’s a great ball and I have been pleased with the performance—from the distance to the control to the feel around the greens. On a more personal note, the Golden Bear icon has meant so much to my father and to our family over the decades, so there is a strong sense of pride in seeing the Golden Bear on the golf balls I now play.”

Nicklaus Black is one of three golf balls—Nicklaus Blue and Nicklaus White being the others—that were designed to accommodate three skill levels of player, using the traditional tees from which they typically play.  Nicklaus White is designed for golfers who might typically play the forward or white tees. Nicklaus Blue is designed for golfers who would typically play the middle or blue tees. And, finally, Nicklaus Black is designed for the single-digit or better golfer who generally plays from the back tees.

“Certainly the playability of the golf ball is important to the golfer,” Jack added. “Many of the golf professionals at our Nicklaus Design courses have put them on the range to test them with members and guests to see if they like the performance of the ball and to better understand what their golfers want and need. People who have tested the three balls like them, they like the simple concept behind the balls, and we’re getting some very positive results.  We’re very encouraged.”

The balls are available exclusively online at www.nicklaus.com and soon through golf/pro shops at the more than 200 Nicklaus Design courses nationwide. A percentage from every golf ball sold will be donated directly back to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide, while visitors to nicklaus.com also have the ability to support the Foundation with voluntary contributions. In the first two months of orders, more than 80 percent of consumers have made a donation.

The Father/Son Challenge Pro-Am, in which Jack and Gary are playing, airs Friday on the Golf Channel at 4:00 and 9:30 p.m. ET. The two-day, 36-hole tournament airs both Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on NBC. Golf Channel will re-air the event at 9:30 p.m. ET each night.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge boasts a field that has accumulated a total of 430 victories across the PGA and European tours, including 64 professional major championships—the Golden Bear leading the way with a record 18, as part of his 120 professional tournament victories. Jack Nicklaus is one of only five golfers—Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods the others—who have won all four of golf’s modern majors, an achievement often referred to as the career “Grand Slam.” Jack remains the only player to have completed the career Grand Slam on both the regular and senior tours. His eight majors on the senior circuit, now called the Champions Tour, remains a record.

To learn more about Jack Nicklaus and the new line of Nicklaus Golf Balls, visit www.nicklaus.com.

PNC Father/Son Challenge Field:

Stewart Cink & Connor Cink (son)
David Duval & Dean Karavites (step son)
Steve Elkington & Sam Elkington (son)
Nick Faldo & Matthew Faldo (son)
Raymond Floyd & Raymond Floyd Jr. (son)
Hale Irwin & Steve Irwin (son)
Lee Janzen & Connor Janzen (son)
Bernhard Langer & Christina Langer (daughter)
Davis Love III & Davis (Dru) Love IV (son)
Sandy Lyle & James Lyle (son)
Larry Nelson & Drew Nelson (son)
Jack Nicklaus & Gary Nicklaus (son)
Mark O’Meara & Shaun O’Meara (son)
Nick Price & Greg Price (son)
Dave Stockton & Dave Stockton Jr. (son)
Curtis Strange & Tom Strange (son)
Vijay Singh & Qass Singh (son)
Lee Trevino & Daniel Trevino (son)
Lanny Wadkins & Tucker Wadkins (son)
Fuzzy Zoeller & Gretchen Chappo (daughter)