BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 29, 2011) – Nike Golf today announced the signing of 22-year old University of Georgia graduate Russell Henley. Henley has signed a multi-year agreement to represent the Swoosh and will be using Nike Golf clubs, ball, footwear, glove, bag, apparel, headwear and accessories.
“I am excited to join the Nike Golf family as a professional athlete,” stated Henley. “Playing with Nike Golf equipment throughout college, I am anxious to begin my professional career with a brand that I know and trust.”
Henley was born in Macon, Georgia and played college golf at the University of Georgia. A four-time All-American, Henley had an illustrious college career. He won the 2010 Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. He also played in the 2010 US Open and tied for low amateur. Henley tied the University of Georgia men’s golf team record for most career wins with seven and was also named the university’s Student Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Henley competed in the Nationwide Tour’s 2011 Stadion Classic at UGA and won the event. He became only the second amateur in Nationwide Tour history to win a Nationwide tournament. Henley was a member of the 2011 US Walker Cup team before turning professional in September 2011 at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic.
“Russell had a great college career with an impressive Nationwide Tour win as an amateur,” said Mark Thaxton, Director of Global Sports Marketing Operations for Nike Golf. “We are thrilled to welcome Russell into the Nike Golf family and look forward to being a part of his continued success as a professional.”
Henley’s Nike Golf Arsenal
§ Driver: Nike VR Pro 9.5-degree
§ Fairway Wood: Nike SQ II 3-wood/13-degree
§ Hybrid: Nike VR Pro 18-degree
§ Irons: Nike VR Cast (4-6), VR Pro Combo CB (7-9)
§ Wedges: Nike VR Pro 47-, 52-, 56- and 59-degree
§ Putter: Nike Method 001 prototype
§ Ball: Nike 20XI – X
§ Apparel: Nike Golf Tour Collection
§ Footwear: Nike Golf Lunar Control