UPS golf ambassador Louis Oosthuizen dazzled his onlooking countrymen while holding off Scotland’s Scott Jamieson to win the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions in Durban, South Africa last weekend. Louis shot a closing round 66 to catch the field and claim his first victory of the 2013 golf season.
After a disappointing 3rd round that saw Louis shoot a 74 (I would take that in a heartbeat, but enough about my golf game), he stormed out of the gates on Sunday birdieing six of the first 11 holes and setting a blistering pace to the last round.
It started with Louis Oosthuizen winning the first European Tour event of the year, the Africa Open, in January. What better way to start? He then came within an inch, literally, of winning the Masters, losing in a playoff to Bubba Watson. He did provide one of the tournament’s most spectacular moments ever with his famous double-eagle at the 2nd hole. Just one short week later, Louis recorded his second victory of the season by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The teams are picked, the players are ready and the world expects another weekend of pulsating competition and high drama. Sport’s greatest bi-annual rivalry will reignite this week in the Ryder Cup at The Medinah Country Club, Illinois, as America and Europe’s elite golfers take center stage.
Team USA will be out to regain the famous trophy, after Europe claimed a narrow one-point victory in 2010 at Celtic Manor, Wales. This time around, the teams will again be closely matched, as both contain experienced matchplay champions, promising rookies, big-hitters and steady eddies. A lot will depend on how captains Davis Love III (USA) and José María Olazábal (Europe) pair their stars together for Friday and Saturday’s foursomes and four-balls.
Bid on a round of golf with Lee in the United Way auction on eBay. Lee has been a UPS Ambassador since 2009, rising to the summit of world golf, reaching World Number One in November 2010. Lee has won 22 tournaments on the European Tour as well as tournaments in America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
To jump start the 2012 United Way campaign, UPS has donated more than 80 items you can bid on in the auction, including:
A round of golf with world champion professional golfer Lee Westwood at Jupiter Hills Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Sports collectibles autographed by champion athletes, coaches and stars, such as race-worn items from NASCAR driver of the #99 UPS Ford Carl Edwards as well as other items from Roush Fenway Racing
NCAA® tickets and exclusive merchandise
Premium LIVE NATION concert tickets to see top artists perform at select venues across the country
Lee Westwood, one of UPS’s global brand ambassadors and currently the number three-ranked professional golfer in the world, won his first title of the year and the 38th of his career with his victory last weekend at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. Westwood won the tournament in 2011 as well.
Westwood completed a 32-hole marathon as he returned on Sunday morning to finish the third round before closing with a final round 74 for a winning total of 16 under par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
For sports fans it’s a great week – from March Madness to the tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Kentucky won the Madness and now the world will be watching as Tiger Woods chases Jack Nicklaus’ record and battles with newcomer Rory McIlroy for that prestigious green jacket.
It’s also been a great week for UPS. Every year, The Business Journals conducts a very special survey to determine the brands that best meet the needs of small- and mid-sized businesses. More than 2,000 leaders in that arena were surveyed this year regarding almost 300 brands and UPS came out a double-winner. UPS was named the best brand in the Business Services category, and The UPS Store was named the best brand in the Retail category — 2012 American Brand Excellence Awards.
UPS pays a great deal of attention to its small- and mid-sized customers because they’re the backbone of the U.S. economy . . . and we know we can help small companies become big companies. Take BudgetGolf.com, where you can find great deals on clubs, clothes and bags. Todd Messineo started out in a small Illinois store in 1999 with just five employees. Since then, he’s grown the business into a multi-million dollar company and with UPS on his side, is able to deliver on the store’s promise of rapid, top-of-the-line service with same-day shipping.
Like many other small business owners, Messineo prepared for big losses during the 2009 recession. But he also worked closely with UPS Business Solutions and devised a strategy to bolster e-commerce sales. His bottom line – he grew 205%! He also followed mobile commerce trends and enabled golfers to shop right from their phones. Today, about 10% of the company’s sales are administered with a mobile device.
Messineo is working hard to stay current with retail trends by offering free shipping. He’s also looking to UPS to automate his delivery systems and identify a reasonable flat rate on international shipping that will increase sales in Canada. Another goal is to increase efficiency even more without sacrificing the customer service that is the cornerstone of his business.
Helping Messineo and other entrepreneurs with the tools needed to make shipping, visibility and easy returns more efficient represents the power of logistics. And it’s doubly nice when it helps small companies grow.
That UPS commitment to small business also is why The UPS Store is sponsoring “Entrepreneur” magazine’s “Entrepreneur of 2012” contest. For the fifth consecutive year, the magazine is searching nationwide for exceptionally inspired entrepreneurs to share their story of how they have revolutionized their industry, employees and community. Entrepreneurs can submit their entries at http://entrepreneur.com/e2012.
Lee had to sweat out a birdie putt attempt on the last hole by Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, which if it had gone in would have put the two friends in a playoff. The win is Lee’s second in as many weeks (he won last week on the Asian Tour in Jakarta to take over the world’s No. 1 ranking).
Persistence pays off. Yesterday Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta to reclaim the world golf ranking’s No. 1 seat from Germany’s Martin Kaymer.
Lee celebrated his 38th birthday on Sunday and what better present to himself than to wrestle away the top spot from the young, talented German. All was not just birthday wishes and blowing out candles as Lee won on the other side of the world and had to wait the equivalent of a half-day to find out if he would, indeed, again become the world’s top rated golfer.
The best golfers in the world have descended on Georgia for the first ‘major’ tournament of 2011, The Masters. Two of UPS’s Ambassadors, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen, are teeing it up in Augusta this week and the newly refreshed site, www.ups.com/golf, is the perfect place to check their progress in the tournament. You also will find current statistics on Jeev Milka Singh, our third Ambassador, throughout the 2011 season.