In a somewhat-surprising move in what has been a whirlwind of corportate activity in the past 12 to 15 months, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore and Scratch Golf have split ways after the 2010 season.
Moore signed a one-year contract in November as a part-owner of the start-up company, which originally was headquartered in Eugene, Ore. before opening a bigger shop in Tennessee.
This week, Moore – who earned a career best $2.37 million in earnings and is currently ranked 43th in the official world golf rankings – signed on with Adams Golf as an investor into the company, which also has the likes of Aaron Baddeley and Chad Campbell of the PGA Tour, and Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer of the Champions Tour on board.
Here is the statement released this week from Scratch Golf president Ari Techner about the Moore transaction:
“Scratch Golf and Ryan Moore have amicably agreed to not extend our partnership beyond 2010. We appreciate all Ryan has done to help us grow our brand in 2010. It has been a great year for Ryan on the golf course and for Scratch Golf as a business. We wish him the best moving forward with his career.
The nature of our agreement dictates that Ryan will no longer hold any ownership interest in Scratch Golf. This decision will allow both Ryan and Scratch Golf to pursue other opportunities in the golf industry and on Tour. We hope Ryan will continue to play our clubs and we wish Ryan all the best in his future endeavors. Ryan’s presence on the PGA Tour greatly enhanced the visibility of Scratch Golf in the minds of the public and opened many doors for our brand, for which we are very grateful. We want to thank Ryan for the attention he has brought to our brand this year and wish him great success in the years to come.
With Ryan’s help, Scratch has seen more play on the PGA Tour in 2010 than in any previous season. Thanks to the quality of our products and the response from players worldwide, we expect our Tour and retail success to continue in 2011.”