Chinese authorities won't stand for counterfeit golf goods being sold in their country. (How they feel about other intellectual property is a different issue entirely, but we digress.) Over a two-week span in May, authorities conducted raids on manufacturing facilities making counterfeit golf equipment, seizing 90,000 golf products.
Authorities were assisted by the golf industry's anti-counterfeit group in the investigation. The first three raids were conducted on May 22, targeting three facilities in Huangjiang, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province. Another raid was conducted later on the 22nd in Tangxia. The fifth raid was on June 5, taking 1,600 pieces of counterfeit merchandise from Jinshuo Golf Shop.
"These fake products come at a cost to everyone involved with the sport of golf," said Brian Lynch, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Callaway Golf. "We are committed to doing everything in our power to help Chinese law enforcement so it can in turn help us uphold the integrity of one of the world's greatest sports."