Bailey Tardy Signs Agreement with Mizuno
Mizuno announce the signing of LPGA star Bailey Tardy
Bailey Tardy has signed as sponsorship and partnership agreement with Mizuno with the LPGA star joining the list of Next Gen players.
Tardy’s signing see her become part of Mizuno’s ‘Next Gen’ project of young tour stars playing equipment from the leading manufacturer.
LPGA Tour star Tardy reached an agreement after working with Mizuno mentor Lauren Smith and Jeff Cook and will have a Mizuno driver in the bag as well as irons and wedge and carry a branded bag too.
Bailey Tardy Reaction
Tardy’s signed as a Mizuno tour pro came after she initially applied for a summer job but came out with a more important equipment deal.
“I needed to fill the time, earn some money and I was also wondering if I needed to open another door career-wise,” Tardy said in the announcement.
“Nothing was certain with the injuries, but I knew that I wanted to stay in golf and Mizuno was in my hometown, Atlanta.
“So I got in touch with Lauren Smith through a friend and we talked – the feeling I got from Mizuno was completely different from what I was used to. There was just a different level of care – it felt like i was part of their family.
“Soon I was back to focusing on playing and we ended up looking at equipment instead. Lauren sent me a set of Mizuno Pro 223 irons, which I loved, but having just returned from knee surgery I decided against making any equipment changes.
“I was lacking confidence in the knee and that was enough of an adjustment. I’ve never been someone to change equipment if I can avoid it.
“I’d put the Mizuno’s to one side, but in the middle of 2022 I realised that I wasn’t getting the equipment support I needed from my equipment supplier. Coming back from knee surgery was when I most needed the support and I wasn’t getting what I needed.
“I wanted to work with people who were proud to be with me. I knew that Lauren and Jeff Cook at Mizuno were the people I really wanted to work with.
“That stayed with me and when I earned my Tour card, there was only one manufacturer I wanted to represent. Lauren had gone above and beyond to get me on board from day one – she was amazing.”
Bailey Tardy Mizuno WITB
Tardy’s Mizuno equipment includes:
Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 230 (9.5 degrees)
Irons: Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro (3-iron & 4-iron) & Mizuno JPX923 Tour (5-iron to 9 iron)
Wedges: Mizuno T22 wedges (46 degrees, 50 degrees & 54 degrees).
Bailey Tardy Career & Wins
Tardy was a standout player at the University of Georgia, becoming SEC Freshman of the Year in 2016, winning the 2018 Georgia State Amateur Championship and qualifying for the US Women’s Open in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
She was also a member of the United States’ 2016 Curtis Cup and made her tour debut in 2019 when securing a spot on the Epson Tour.
It wasn’t a great start as she missed 14 straight cuts and suffered wrist and knee injuries and the following year missed out on an LPGA Tour card by one place.
She secured a first Epson Tour win in 2021 with victory in the Copper Rock Classic, but once again missed out on a top-10 finish to secure an LPGA Tour card.
The same happened again in 2022 as she once again missed an automatic LPGA Tour card by one spot before eventually sealing a place on the tour via Q-Series.
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