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ECCO Receives Golf Headquarters ‘Award of Excellence’

Premium Market Leader Honored by America’s Largest Off-Course Golf Buying Group

Londonderry, NH, October 15, 2012: Danish brand ECCO announces that Golf Headquarters – America’s largest off- course golf buying group with more than 80 independent specialty retail stores – has presented it with the 2011/2012 “Award of Excellence” during the association’s annual Order Writing Conference at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.

Recognizing ECCO as a top vendor in the “Apparel, Shoes, Gloves” category, this honor was presented by the Executive Committee of Golf Headquarters, which is also known as the National Golf Buyers Association, Inc. (NGBA). It follows ECCO being named "Top New Supplier" in 2007.

"Beyond our outstanding product line, this distinction is about the quality of people who make the ECCO brand so special and help service these accounts,” says David Helter, Specialty Sales Director, ECCO USA. “We truly value the strength of the partnership that’s been formed with this collection of leading retailers who are such an integral part of the golf industry.”

For more than 25 years, the independently owned and operated associate golf retail stores known as Golf Headquarters have been committed to offering competitive prices and quality products. Their goal – ensure customers are No. 1 by always working with a "Your Game Is Our Business" mindset.

Highlighted by Tour Hybrid – the first-ever crossover model featuring a classic leather upper design atop the award-winning Street outsole – the 2013 ECCO Golf Collection showcases a range of new styles and patented, golf-specific technologies for men and women. It will begin shipping globally in Q4 2012, with arrivals continuing through early 2013.

The choice of discerning players worldwide, ECCO golf shoes are worn in competition by Tour stars Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thorbjørn Olesen, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Bradley Dredge, Andreas Hartø, Belén Mozo and Gerina Pillar.

About ECCO

The only major shoe manufacturer to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process – from leather production through its own shoe factories all the way to its stores – ECCO adheres to the design philosophy that “the shoe must follow the foot.” This approach allows the company to craft footwear that combines style and comfort with uncompromising quality and innovative technology. A leading global brand, ECCO was founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy and remains family owned. Headquartered in the Danish towns of Bredebro and Tønder, the ECCO footwear group employs nearly 20,000 people worldwide. Its products can be found in 4,000 branded sales locations in more than 90 countries.

ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

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