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CHAMP and ECCO Announce New Partnership

CHAMP has added another partner to its growing list. When ECCO introduces its 2007 Golf collection of classic and casual men’s and women’s golf shoes, it will now also be available with CHAMP spikes.

In addition to the spikes, the two new ECCO product groups Women’s Casual Pitch and the Men’s Flexor Series will come equipped with CHAMP’s patented Q-LOK® system. Q-LOK is the industry’s quickest and easiest receptacle system to use. The spikes can be removed and replaced with just ¼ of a turn of the wrench.

CHAMP and ECCO are both known for their innovation, quality and comfort. CHAMP has long been thought of as the industry leader concerning the design and performance of golf spikes for golfers of all levels. Similarly, ECCO has that same reputation in the footwear industry. Both companies put design and high performance at the forefront of their core values.

“We saw this as a perfect match for both companies” said Harris MacNeill, president of CHAMP “ECCO has built a reputation for being an innovator in the use of advanced materials, high performance and styling. That’s how we see ourselves in the traction technology industry”

“We have great expectations for our new partnership with CHAMP.” said Henning Schlaikjer-Petersen, Division Manager, ECCO Golf “When it comes to styling, quality and durability, CHAMP and ECCO are a perfect match. That’s why we decided to team up with them. Their Q-LOK system is comfortable, and the spikes are easy and quick to change. Our customers have come to expect the best from our shoes, and they should get the same experience with their spikes.”

Both companies also share the distinction of longevity. CHAMP is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, while ECCO celebrated their 40th in 2003.

Currently, CHAMP spikes and their Q-LOK system are original equipment in all Nike, Dexter, Hi-Tec and now ECCO shoes.

 

Champ Continues 75th Anniversary Celebration With Wins On Two Continents

CHAMP Spikes, the number one brand on tour, picked up another two wins this weekend with the PGA Canadian tour victory and the John Hammons LPGA Classic. CHAMP Spikes, which recently swept the 2006 “Grand Slam,” was also the spike of choice for the winner of the European Masters this time around.

The CHAMP Stinger™ wearing victor posted a 5-under 65 Sunday, finishing with a 14-under total to capture the Canadian Open crown — his second PGA TOUR title of the 2006 season. Over on the LPGA, the champ finished the 2006 John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic at 70 – 61 – 68 = 199 (-14) and defeated the Defending Champion by two strokes.

“It’s always satisfying to complete a weekend with another championship for CHAMP Spikes,” said Harris MacNeill, president of CHAMP. “This weekend is another example of how we became the number one spike on tour-by providing golfers different spikes for different terrains. This past weekend, the Deutsche Bank champion used our traditional Cermec spike and about half the field at the BMW Open utilized our top-selling Stinger spike.”

With these victories, CHAMP now owns 24 of 35 PGA TOUR titles, 14 of 21 on the European Tour and 12 of 21 on the LPGA in 2006, including the PGA “Grand Slam” as CHAMP swept all four majors.