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Matt Haines joins Nike in the professional ranks
July 22, 2010

Nike Golf has signed former England international Matt Haines to a multi-year contract as he begins his first year as a full-time professional, underlining its commitment to encourage, develop and support the most exciting young talent in golf.

Matt HainesThe 20-year-old former England International and Walker Cup player from Chatham in Kent enjoyed a superb amateur career winning eight major events including the 2008 Lytham Trophy and the Spanish Amateur Championship in March 2010, and rising as high as number four in the R&A's world amateur rankings.

Choosing to turn professional in May this year, Haines has wasted no time making his mark on the ultra-competitive Challenge Tour, where he is currently ranked eighth on the money list after a solid start to his career, with a tied fifth finish at the Scottish Hydro Challenge at Spey Valley and a runner-up spot in the Saint-Omer Open in France just three weeks ago. He will look to improve his ranking in this week's English Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, and plans to play a full schedule of tournaments on the Challenge Tour over the summer in a bid to secure his 2011 European Tour card.

The agreement with Nike Golf will see Haines use Nike Golf equipment exclusively, with the new VR driver and fairway woods, VR Split Cavity irons, the new Method putter, One Tour golf ball, and Nike Golf shoes, glove, hat, staff bag and apparel.

Speaking about his decision to join Nike Golf’s team of athletes, Haines, who plays out of Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club, said: “I am excited about starting my professional career with a brand as big as Nike Golf. I know that the team there will work with me to give me the very best equipment and support to help me make the transition from amateur to successful professional. I’m impressed by the knowledge and the passion that goes into how they develop products, and above all, know that it works for me and my game.”

In signing with Nike Golf, Haines joins a growing band of both established and up and coming stars, having recently attracted the talents of Scottish teen sensation Carly Booth, currently in her first year on the Ladies European Tour, while over in the United States, collegiate stars Matt Hill and Dustin Garza have both chosen Nike Golf as their equipment brand as they seek to develop their talents on the PGA Tour following stellar undergraduate careers.

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