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Encyclopedia > Karsten Solheim

Karsten Solheim (September 15, 1911 in Austrheim north of Bergen, NorwayFebruary 16, 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona) was a Norwegian-born American golf club designer and businessman who founded Karsten Manufacturing, a leading golf club maker better known by its brand name of PING, and the Solheim Cup, the premier international team competition in women's golf. is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... County Hordaland Landscape Nordhordland Municipality NO-1264 Administrative centre Austrheim Mayor (2003) Ole Lysø (Ap) Official language form Nynorsk Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 420 57 km² 57 km² 0. ... County Hordaland District Midhordland Municipality NO-1201 Administrative centre Bergen Mayor (2004) Herman Friele (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 215 465 km² 445 km² 0. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... This article is about the sport. ... Some golf clubs Golf clubs are used in the sport of golf to hit a golf ball. ... PING is a brand of golf equipment, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... // The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. ...


Solheim's father was a shoemaker, and the family emigrated to Seattle in the United States when Solheim was young. Solheim became an engineer and took up golf at the age of 42 when his colleagues at General Electric invited him to make up a foursome. He found that his main problem was putting, so he designed himself a revolutionary putter. Instead of attaching the shaft at the heel of the blade, he attached it in the center. He applied scientific principles to golf club design, which had previously been based largely on trial and error, transferring much of the weight of the club head to the perimeter. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... “GE” redirects here. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ...


Solheim took to manufacturing golf clubs in his garage and he touted them to skeptical professionals at tournaments. Acceptance came when Julius Boros won the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open using Solheim's Anser putter. In 1967 Solheim resigned from General Electric to establish Karsten Manufacturing, makers of the PING brand of clubs. In 1969 he introduced irons based on the same principle of perimeter weighting, and these were quickly successful. The other golf equipment manufacturers soon followed Solheim's innovations. Julius Boros (March 3, 1920 – May 28, 1994) was a professional golfer. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The Phoenix Open is a nationally televised golf tournament, a part of the PGA Tour, held at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale, Arizona around the last weekend in January. ...


Solheim became a benefactor of golf. He donated millions of dollars to the Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University and Karsten Creek Golf Course at Oklahoma State University, and sponsored LPGA tournaments in Oregon, Arizona and Massachusetts. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Solheim Cup, the biennial tournament between teams of women professionals from Europe and the United States, which was modelled on the men's Ryder Cup and was first played in 1990. Later that decade he developed Parkinson's Disease and in 1995 he handed over his company to his son John. Arizona State University (ASU) is a public research institution of higher education and research with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ... Oklahoma State University, located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is an institution of higher learning founded in 1890 as a land-grant university, known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M). ... LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... // The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ...


Solheim was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. // The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in St. ...


See also

PING is a brand of golf equipment, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...

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Solheim Cup Preview 2000 - from Golf Today (1119 words)
Solheim said that by his way of measuring the space between grooves, the distance between was still with USGA guidelines.
Solheim didn't want to win money from the USGA in the suit; he was interested in only protecting the legality of the millions of clubs he had already sold.
Solheim had much more to offer, and his legacy lives on with his company (now in the hands of his sons), as well as his significant contribution to women's golf.
CNNSI.com - Golf Plus - Karsten Solheim, inventor of Ping clubs, dies - Wednesday February 16, 2000 11:20 PM (842 words)
The founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corp. and the creator of the Ping golf clubs, Solheim -- who died Wednesday -- was the first to develop perimeter-weight irons, and his popular brand of putters have been used to win more than 1,800 professional events around the world.
Solheim stepped down as president and CEO of Karsten Manufacturing in 1995 and was succeeded by his son.
Solheim sketched the 'answer' on a the sleeve of a 78 rpm record -- a cavity-back design for heel-toe balance and the offset hosel.
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