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Today Media’s Golf Makeover Contest Winner Laurie Eriksen

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Laurie Eriksen  Hockessin, Del.’s Eriksen has been playing golf for less than four years, but she already has a hole-in-one while playing at Back Creek hole No. 17. A former collegiate swimmer at Widener University, she’s found a new passion in golf.

Part of her game she’d like to improve: “Putting, but my approach to the green could use some help, too.”

Who she thinks will win the U.S. Open: Matt Kuchar.

Rickie Fowler. Phil? Tiger?

The Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf pushcart offers a large storage net and adjustable cup holder, improved bag-strap system, an umbrella holder and a positive-lock brake system. The impressive fold-down size is about two by one feet. Durable and lightweight, the Nike Extreme Sport IV golf bag boasts waterproof storage, with a double-strap carrying system for even weight distribution and comfort,a waterproof fleece-lined pocket, six zip pockets with stretch fabric and welded plackets, and an integrated tee holder, pen sleeve and glove patch. ClicGear Model 3.5+ pushcart ($220), clickgearusa.com.; Nike Extreme Sport IV golf bag ($139), nikegolf.com.

Laurie’s cool, comfortable Oakley Wedge polo sports a high-performance fit, with classic lines and vibrant pops of color on the sides. Raglan sleeves create a symmetrical athletic profile, and its UV-protective fabric features antibacterial action to reduce odor causing microbes. The O Hydrolix moisture management technology in her Oakley Piton skort wicks away sweat for quick evaporation, while resilient stretch material allows for a full range of motion. Inspired by golfer Michelle Wie, Laurie’s Nike Air Embellish golf shoes feature interchangeable saddle pieces for 360-degree mid-foot support, along with a two-year waterproof warranty. Full-grain, leather uppers help keep feet dry in wet weather, and the Scorpion Stinger spikes and Tri-LOK system afford excellent traction. Clubs: The Tour Edge Exotics XCG-4 Hybrid features a new aerodynamic head design with a bigger radius sole for a larger effective hitting surface. The lightweight, ultra-thin steel cup face and crown launch the ball with less spin and faster speed than stainless steel. Oakley Wedge polo ($68) and Piton skort ($70), oakley.com.; Nike Air Embellish golf shoes ($100), nikegolf.com.; Tour Edge Exotics XCG-4 Hybrid ($149), touredge.com.

A golfer should be prepared for all weather—and Laurie’s got it covered with her Puma Golf henley sweater (100-percent cotton, with contrast collar, hem and sleeves for a color-blocked look) and matching Puma watercolor stripe polo. The look is complete with the Puma novelty skort, featuring a flattering 16-inch out-seam,
a moisture-wicking finish, UV protection and a back welt pocket for easy stowage. With their soft synthetic leather uppers and rubber outsoles, Puma PG Royal Tee golf shoes have replaceable S²Quill spikes for maximum grip, paired with molded S²QuillTec spikes for added traction. Strategically placed EverFoam cushioning at the heel and breathable, anti-microbial OrthoLite sock liners ensure a comfortable fit. Clubs: The Nike Method 001 putter has a milled steel face for increased control, and Polymetal Groove technology delivers a more accurate stroke. The interspersed milled-steel face maintains audible feedback for proper distance control, and
the Method Tour Tradition grip provides a natural, responsive feel.
Puma Golf henley sweater ($75), watercolor stripe polo ($60), novelty skort ($70) and PG Royal Tee golf shoes ($110), puma.com.; Nike Method 001 putter ($249), nikegolf.com.

Laurie is ready for the course—and surely the fairway—in this
high- performance ensemble from Nike, including Flex golf cap,
Dri-Fit golf polo and matching skort. Her Lady Chameleon Omega
golf shoes from A-Game have embossed leather uppers, premium
comfort insoles, Q-Lock Stinger cleats and a two-year warranty.
Accessories: The audible GolfBuddy Voice + GPS gives distances
to front, back and center of the green on over 40,000 courses. Clubs: The TourEdge Exotics XCG5 Fairway 3-wood features an innovative titanium cup face and crown, a beta-titanium face insert for added distance, and a heavy tungsten sole plate that’s 68 percent of the head’s total weight. Nike Flex golf cap ($30), Dri-Fit golf polo ($70) and skort ($85), nikegolf.com.; A-Game Lady Chameleon Omega golf shoes ($139), agameglobal.com.; GolfBuddy Voice + GPS ($149), golfbuddyglobal.com; Exotics XCG5 Fairway 3-wood ($219), touredge.com.


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