CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2003--Callaway Golf
Company (NYSE: ELY) announced today that its investigation of
counterfeit golf club sales on eBay.com has resulted in the successful
criminal prosecution of an individual in Erie, New York, and the raid
of a factory in China.
William Meyers, from Clarence Center, New York, was charged in
Erie County Supreme Court with selling counterfeit Callaway Golf clubs
on eBay.com. The counterfeit golf club sets typically consisted of a
"Callaway Golf" driver, 3-wood and 5-wood, a set of "Callaway Golf"
irons, an "Odyssey" putter, and a "Callaway Golf" tour bag, airport
travel bag and umbrella, all of which were fake. As part of a plea
bargain, Meyers has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted
counterfeiting. Sentencing will take place on December 3, 2003.
The counterfeit clubs were tracked to Joyheart Golf Appliance Co.
Ltd. in Xiamen City, China. Working with local authorities, Callaway
Golf raided Joyheart in an operation that netted over one hundred
fifty assembled and unassembled counterfeit clubs and over six hundred
other counterfeit "Callaway Golf" components.
"We appreciate eBay.com's cooperation in the investigation through
its Verified Owner Rights Program, as well as the outstanding efforts
of the Erie County District Attorney's office," said Steve McCracken,
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Callaway
Golf. "While on-line auctions offer many opportunities to consumers,
it is an unfortunate reality that they are also used by unscrupulous
people to sell counterfeits. Buyers should certainly beware of deals
that are 'too good to be true'."
Callaway Golf Company makes and sells Big Bertha(R) Metal Woods
and Irons, including Great Big Bertha(R) II Titanium Drivers and
Fairway Woods, Big Bertha Steelhead(R) III Stainless Steel Drivers and
Fairway Woods, Hawk Eye(R) VFT(R) Tungsten Injected(TM) Titanium
Irons, Big Bertha Stainless Steel Irons, Steelhead X-16(R) and
Steelhead X-16 Pro Series Stainless Steel Irons, and Callaway Golf
Forged Wedges. Callaway Golf Company also makes and sells Odyssey(R)
Putters, including White Hot(R), TriHot(R), DFX(TM) and Dual Force(R)
Putters. Callaway Golf Company makes and sells the Callaway Golf(R)
HX(R) Blue and HX Red balls, the CTU 30(R) Blue and CTU 30 Red balls,
the HX 2-Piece Blue and HX 2-Piece Red balls, the CB1(R) Blue and CB1
Red balls, and the Warbird(TM) golf balls. Callaway Golf also owns and
operates The Top-Flite Golf Company, a wholly owned subsidiary that
includes the Top-Flite(R), Strata(R) and Ben Hogan(R) brands. For more
information about Callaway Golf Company, please visit our websites at
www.callawaygolf.com, www.topflite.com and www.odysseygolf.com.
CONTACT: Callaway Golf Company, Carlsbad
Larry Dorman or Steve McCracken, 760-931-1771
SOURCE: Callaway Golf Company