PHOENIX (January 26, 2012) – Tom McCann at Cedar Rapids Country Club has been honored as a 2011 PING Regional Club Fitter of the Year, PING announced today.

The company, which pioneered custom fitting nearly 40 years ago, recognized McCann for his commitment to helping golfers of all abilities improve their games through custom fitting.

“Golfers know PING for our leadership in custom fitting, and we are held to a higher standard, so we’re grateful for experts like Tom who demonstrate every day how properly fit equipment leads to lower scores and more fun on the golf course,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Tom is a consummate professional who combines excellent communication skills with technical expertise, and is a tireless advocate for PING’s fitting philosophy. For all these reasons, he is very deserving of this recognition.”

Nominating Tom McCann at Cedar Rapids Country Club for the honor was Michelle Estill, PING Field Representative for the region.


PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters, and golf bags.  The family-owned company was founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries.  His frustration with his putting inspired him to design his own putter, which created a “pinging” sound when striking a golf ball.  This sound was the source of the name now synonymous with innovation, quality and service throughout the world of golf.  Solheim and his company are credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs.  His insistence on adhering to strict engineering principles and tight manufacturing tolerances raised the level of product performance and quality throughout the golf club industry.  Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer.  Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim’s youngest son, John A. Solheim.  PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries.  For more information, visit