January 08, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Kokrak ranked 14th in driving distance (303.4 yards) last season. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Callaway Golf's Tour staff is expanding with the addition of six new staff professionals for the 2015 season.
Kenny Perry, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Kisner, Scott Brown, Belen Mozo and Stephanie Meadow will join the company this year, giving Callaway 31 full staff relationships, the most since 2004. European Tour staff relationships are also at an all-time high at 24 this year.
No one has been more active in the staff professional market in the last few years than Callaway, who signed a handful of high-profile names last season, including Henrik Stenson, Matteo Manassero, Matt Every, Pat Perez and teen phenom Lydia Ko.
Perry is likely the most recognizable name on the list. The former Adams Golf staffer won the Champions Tour's 2013 Charles Schwab Cup and recorded two wins — one of those being a major at the Regions Tradition — during the 2014 season. Before moving to the Champions Tour, Perry won 14 PGA TOUR titles from 1991-2009.
Former Nike Golf staffer Brown won his first PGA TOUR event in 2013 at the Puerto Rico Open. During the 2013-14 season, he posted four top 10s with his best finish (T3) coming at the Frys.com Open.
Kokrak could be one of the most intriguing signings, due in large part to his incredible length off the tee. The former Cleveland/Srixon staffer finished 14th on TOUR in driving distance (303.4 yards) last season; he also ranked in the top 10 in clubhead speed (120 mph) and ball speed (179 mph). Kokrak recorded two top-10s during the 2013-14 season.
Kisner, who was with TaylorMade last season, posted three top 10s in 2013-14, his best finish (T6) coming at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Mozo and Meadow round out the staff. Mozo, who was unveiled as a staffer back in November, spent most of the 2014 season using Callaway equipment to record three top 10s.
Meadow finished third at the 2014 U.S. Open and was a member of the University of Alabama's first NCAA Women's Golf Championship in 2012. She also holds the record as the only women's golfer in Southeastern Conference history to earn first team All-American and first team Academic All-American honors in consecutive years.