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February 11, 2013

Wilson Golf Re-signs No. 1 Russian Ladies Player

Chicago, February 11, 2013 – Wilson Golf announced the re-signing of Russia’s No.1 female golfer Maria Balikoeva (formerly Verchenova). The 26-year-old star will compete on the Ladies European Tour with the Wilson Staff FG Tour Irons.

Balikoeva – who captured the Russian, Austrian, Latvian and Slovenian Amateur Championships before becoming the first Russian to gain full Ladies European Tour membership in 2007 – will carry the Wilson Staff Pro Tour bag and play the same irons used by Major winner Paul Lawrie. In December last year, the Moscow-born player bounced back in style from the birth of her first child to make the cut at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

“We’re delighted that an athlete as talented as Maria has committed to the brand and look forward to supporting her quest to win a Tour title,” said Doug Wright, Business Director for Europe at Wilson Golf. “It re-affirms Wilson Golf’s commitment to the ladies' game at a time when our product offering for female amateur golfers is better than ever before with the new D-100 range,” he added.

Balikoeva joins other stars such as Lawrie, three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington, Dane Andreas Hartø and American PGA Tour duo Ricky Barnes and Kevin Streelman, who have all committed to Wilson Golf for 2013.

The Wilson Staff Women’s D-100 range – a new family of clubs designed specifically for the vast majority of female amateur golfers – is currently available at selected retail outlets.