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SPALDING INKS PAYNE STEWART TO LONG-TERM PACT

 ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Spalding Professional Golf has signed 1991 U.S. Open Champion and three-time Skins winner Payne Stewart to a five-year agreement, effective Jan. 1, 1994, the company announced today. Stewart will play Spalding's recently introduced Top-Flite Tour golf clubs and the company's Top-Flite Tour golf balls. Stewart will also carry the Top-Flite golf bag. Other terms of the contract were not disclosed.
 "Payne Stewart is one of the most recognizable golfers in the world today, and a terrific addition to the family of athletes using Spalding products," said George Dickerman, president, Spalding Sports Worldwide.
 "We are both pleased and proud to have Payne join the Top-Flite Professional Golf team," added Brendan Davis, managing director, Spalding Professional Golf. Stewart joins a growing list of PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour players who play with Top-Flite products, including Lee Trevino, Craig Stadler and Al Geiberger, among others.
 "Top-Flite is one of the most well known brands in the game of golf," said Stewart. "I'm delighted to be part of the Top-Flite team and I look forward to a very successful 1994 using the family of Top-Flite products."
 Payne Stewart began the 1993 PGA Tour season as one of just 10 members of the exclusive Five Million Dollar Club, and this year smashed through the six million mark in career earnings. Stewart, who claims seven PGA Tour victories, including two majors (1989 PGA Championship & 1992 U.S. Open), has been a member of the past four Ryder Cup teams.
 Spalding Sports Worldwide is the nation's oldest full-line sporting goods company. The company's Top-Flite golf balls are the best selling golf balls in the world. Spalding's leadership and innovative posture have led to breakthroughs in virtually every major golf products category. Spalding is a member of the National Golf Foundation and is a strong supporter of all 41 PGA Sections, the Professional Tours and Junior Golf.
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 /CONTACT: J. Greg Sherry or Glenn Mastro of The Sherry Group, 908-755-9810/


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