Press Release September 14, 2008
Conover, N.C. – Champions Tour professional R.W. Eaks successfully defended his title at the annual Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, coasting to an easy victory with a 4 shot lead.
Eaks shot a blazing 11-under 61 (a course record), 68 and 71. The win comes as no surprise, because Eaks excels on this course. Not only did he win here at last year’s tournament, but in 2006 he barely missed a victory, coming in second after a playoff with Andy Bean. Eaks earned his first professional Champion’s
Tour win just 14 months ago, and was lauded on the Golf Channel as having won the most tournaments (four) of any Champions Tour player in that time period.
For fans wanting to discover what gives Eaks his edge, his driving distance may play a key part in those victories. Eaks uses a relatively new “boutique” shaft manufactured by New Image Shafts in his driver and fairway woods.
Eaks was 2nd in driving distance in the Greater Hickory Classic, with an average of 81% fairways hit. New Image Shafts president Brad Stephens says the shafts are unique because they are all individually tested to find the point of least resistance to bend. This information allows the club fitter to neutralize the naturally weakest part of the shaft, improving distance and accuracy.
Eaks was the first professional to use the shaft, and has been wildly successful with it. In May 2008, professional Andy Bean won the Regions Charity Classic using New Image shafts, and demand for them has skyrocketed as a result of the publicity.