2002: Reese steps down as Wilson GM

Luke Reese, the Wilson Golf executive widely credited for reinvigorating the brand’s club business and spearheading the Deep Red woods line, resigned Sept. 13.

Company officials said there are no immediate plans to fill the post vacated by Reese, who had served as general manager of the golf division since July 1999.

In the interim, Jim Baugh, president of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., will assume Reese’s duties.

“After three years as general manager of Wilson Golf, I felt it was time to pursue other opportunities,” Reese said. “I am extremely proud of the progress we have made with the Wilson brand and have no doubt that the golf division will continue to make great strides.” Reese declined to elaborate about his future plans.

For Baugh, the added responsibilities come unexpectedly – but with a dose of familiarity.

“I was surprised to learn of Luke’s leaving, and we will miss him,” Baugh said. “He deserves a lot of credit for the success of the Deep Red line and the True golf ball. But we have to move forward. . . . I have held both those positions before, for some 16 months in 1996 and 1997, and I feel comfortable doing it again.

“Golf is the biggest industry we are in, and right now it is going to take the majority of my time. If sometime down the road we find the right individual to take over as GM of Wilson Golf, we will do that. But there is no timetable.”

– Staff reports

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