Gainsborough Heritage Centre’s latest temporary exhibition opened last weekend focusing in on the history of golfing company Ping and its local connection to Gainsborough. A celebration of Ping has just opened and will be available to view throughout July and August to celebrate the 60 anniversary of Ping and 125 anniversary of the Thonock Golf Club.
There are lots to see with fascinating exhibits including the first putter as made by Karsten Solheim in his garage in 1959. The story of Ping began with Karsten Solheim from America who was interested in the sport of golf and realised that his main problem was putting so he designed himself what became known as a revolutionary putter. Another putter designed by Solheim in 1966 called The Ping Anser Putter is the first of its kind and provided golfers with a clean view of the face of the club head.
Publicity Officer Gemma Clarke said: ‘The Centre’s new temporary exhibition produced by Ping is now open to view and it is looking fantastic. It is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to visit and view Ping’s treasures this summer at the Heritage Centre. Make sure you pop along and explore the fascinating history and story of this company, its achievements from the military putters including the HMS Victory Putter to the story of the Solheim Cup and the development of our own Thonock Golf Club.’
Karsten (UK) Ltd., known as Ping was founded in Britain in 1973 by Karsten Solheim as well as Roy and Pat Freeman who lived in Gainsborough. The exhibition details the processes of how Ping golf clubs are made with examples also on display. Ping was the first manufacturer to offer high-quality clubs by using manufactured fitting techniques that developed throughout the world. This high-level service ensured that professionals and people involved in the sport could have a club that was custom fit to their own individual specifications. The development of this service helped people to play golf more efficiently. Through a chance meeting with Karsten, Roy and Pat Freeman brought Ping to Gainsborough by developing the business through hard work and determination.
Gemma continues, ‘The Centre and Telephone Exchange tea room is open throughout July and August on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free and donations are welcome to help the Centre to continue to provide its research archives, exhibitions and develop its resources.’