T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
18 GREENS Apparel expands line with new offerings for 2014
Earlier this year, we profiled PGA Professional Doug Timmons, who doubles up as a golf instructor and is the founder and designer of a clothing line called, "18 GREENS Apparel."
As noted in that initial piece, Timmons is on, "A mission to take fashion to the fairways at an affordable price."
The pieces -- which are just as fitting and comfortable for the golf course as they are for an early evening stroll on the beach -- include lightweight pants ($75), shorts ($65), polo shirts ($39.50-$49.50), hats ($25) and now, the new "18 GSTAR Track Jacket," which sells for $65.
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"One of our favorite clothing articles at 18 GREENS is a comfortable, functional and stylish jacket," Timmons said. "I think everyone needs the go to jacket to play and lounge in, we hope this is going to be one of those for our new customers. The cotton, polyester and spandex blend makes it soft, holds the shape and has just the right amount of stretch in the fabric to make it very easy to move in. One of the most important things about making a jacket or any piece is getting the weight correct. It needs to be just heavy enough to stay warm, but light enough to not get too hot. The patch work on the sleeves and the woven label on the back neck makes it ours. We also ride motorcycles so it is very essential to have zippers for the side pockets so stuff doesn't fall out when we are cruising down the road. Most track jackets use 100 percent polyester. We wanted a cotton-based jacket for style and comfort. The goal is always to make product that is versital, functional for the course and stylish for the everywhere else."
And, if you're waiting to see the offerings for 2014... wait no more. Timmons is so excited about what's new at 18 GREENS that he released it all early.
"We have some pretty cool stuff coming for 2014," he said. "We couldn't wait so we released them a little early. But we designed a hybrid fabric Casual Water Technology that some jumped in on early. Pants and shorts with 4-way stretch that are wrinkle resistan. The shorts have mesh pocket lining and a side pocket zipper so you can wear them in the water too. They have to be one of the most comfortable bottoms out. We got so excited that we couldn't wait and brought them in 5 months early!"
Along with the track jacket, pants and shorts, Timmons is also excited about the company's headwear.
"We have some fresh new hats that are custom made," he said. "The front panel is unlike any other. We are adding cotton-based blends and 100 percent cotton into the collection for 2014. We have a very cool hidden pocket design that we think people will really like. The line is growing and I'm hoping everyone tries it out."
And if you'd like to try out 18 GREENS, Timmons is offering a 30-percent discount if you use the code "PGA18" at checkout.
To learn more about 18 GREENS, visit www.18greens.com.
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