John Houdek, Jr.

With heavy hearts we report that one of the good guys passed away earlier this week. The ever-present smile and positive attitude of long-time Wisconsin sales representative John Houdek, Jr. will be deeply missed by all of us at Sun Mountain.

John Houdek, Jr.

John (Johnny) Houdek Jr., 56, passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Wednesday, November  19th, 2014 surrounded by his family after a hard fought six year battle with appendiceal cancer.

John Jr. was born August 30, 1958 in Geneva, IL, son of John Sr. and Virginia (Stark) Houdek.  He attended Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, IL where he played on the golf team and graduated  from Amherst High School where he was awarded all-conference in baseball. He went on to study  business marketing and natural resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was  captain of the UWSP golf team, where they went on to be conference champions. For many years,  he worked for this father at Houdek Golf Course Design and Construction. Then with the  guidance of his uncle Bruce, he entered the golf sales business as a representative for Pro Group  an Arnold Palmer Company, worked with Bridgestone and Town Talk, and ended his career as an  independent sales rep with Sun Mountain and Sterling Glass.

For those that knew John, he had a charismatic personality, and an ability to bring people  together and cultivate deep and lasting friendships. With family and friends, John always enjoyed fine wining and dining. He was a loving son, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle who cared deeply for his family, and took a very active role in each of their lives. He carried on the Houdek legacy of a mischievous sense of humor, and he served a fatherly role for his nieces as well as other children of close friends and family.

As an avid outdoorsman, John enjoyed fishing and hunting in locations everywhere from his backyard right here in Central Wisconsin, to Canada, and Alaska. He was passionate about other sports, including: softball, baseball, and above all golf and football. He was referred to as the “golf guy” in many circles, had a deep-running affiliation with the Wisconsin PGA, and formed relationships with golf professionals all over the country. He even got the rare hole-in-one at North Hills Country Club in Menominee Falls, WI. He was a Packers season ticket holder and attended multiple Super Bowls. John was also a passionate fan of Amherst sports after years of watching his nieces participate in everything from basketball and volleyball to golf and dance.

John is survived by his mother Virginia Houdek of Amherst, WI; aunt Violet Steinke of Sorrento, FL; two sisters Kathleen (Peter) Connolly of Wayne, IL, and Karen (Michael) Glodowski of Amherst, WI; two nieces Jennifer and Kate Glodowski, and nephew Erik (Collette, Logan, Reese) Connolly. He was preceded in death by his father John Houdek Sr.; and his uncles Bruce, Ronald, and Ladd (Earl) Houdek.

A celebration of life for John Jr. will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and University of Pittsburg Medical Center for their extraordinary care over the last several years. Additional thanks go out to the local community, Sun Mountain, Sterling Glass, and members of the Wisconsin PGA for their support of John and his family.

New On-Line Clearance Store for Sun Mountain products

There is a new online Sun Mountain Clearance store offering previous years’ golf bags, golf outerwear and golf push carts at steep discounts.

 

A couple current examples include a golf rain gear clearance such as the Torrent full-zip rain jacket with a retail price of $164 – clearance priced at $124. And, golf bag clearance like the Swift X dual-strap, stand bag with a retail price of $149 – clearance priced at only $89!

 

Torrent was the top-of-the-line Sun Mountain rain suit in 2012. Torrent offers guaranteed waterproof protection using an advanced, four-way stretch woven fabric that shields against wind and rain while remaining breathable and stretching to allow a free golf swing.

 

Sun Mountain’s Swift X golf bag weighs-in just over three pounds while still accommodating a full set of clubs, offering seven pockets, and including a dual strap system. The Swift X stand-bag features an 8.5”, two-way top and offers a complete range of pockets to include a full-length clothing pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, ball pocket and water bottle pouch.

 

Other products currently on the Sun Mountain Clearance site include: KG:2, Three 5 and S-One clearance golf bags as well as Provisional, Alpine Vest, and Headwind clearance golf outerwear.

 

Products change weekly so check back often, or sign-up to get e-mail updates, to find great deals and new product news on Sun Mountain golf gear.

Alexandra Casi Wins Symetra Tour Sun Mountain Skills Challenge

Congratulations to Symetra Tour player Alexandra Casi on winning the 2013 Sun Mountain Skills Challenge.

Symetra Tour players who wear a SunMountain women’s waterproof golf jacket or carry SunMountain women’s golf stand bags during the season make up the initial field of Skills Challenge competitors. These players then compete “Big Break-style” to narrow the field to the final four. [Read more…]

Sun Mountain Chosen to Outfit the U.S. Presidents Cup Team

Sun Mountain is proud to announce that for the third consecutive time the company has been chosen as the “Preferred Outerwear Provider for The Presidents Cup 2013 United States Team.” The 2013 U.S. Team outerwear will include gear to protect from rain, wind and cold.

Specifically, the players’ outerwear for The Presidents Cup 2013 will include: a full-zip rain jacket, long sleeve rain pullover, short sleeve rain pullover, rain pants, long sleeve wind pullover, short sleeve wind pullover, long sleeve thermal pullover, and a waterproof bucket hat. Caddies’ outerwear will include: full zip long sleeve rain jacket, short sleeve rain pullover, rain pants, long sleeve wind pullover, long sleeve thermal pullover, and bucket hat. Players’ significant others will have options to include: full-zip rain jacket, rain pants, thermal vest and bucket hat.

Sun Mountain Founder Rick Reimers commented, “We spent a lot of time before the 2011 Presidents Cup evaluating solutions to the weather protection needs of tournament golfers. Our solution was what became our StormTight collection of rain gear. The 2011 event saw significant rain and everyone was happy with the protection StormTight offered while still meeting the players’ needs for a flexible, stretchable garment. We are honored to be chosen to outfit The Presidents Cup U.S. Team and look forward to once again putting our rain, wind and thermal gear to the test.”

This year Sun Mountain will also be featured in the on-site Presidents Cup merchandise tent selling U.S. team-logoed outerwear.

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Sun Mountain Caption Contest Winner Announced

Thanks to all who submitted, and to those who voted, in the caption contest. We stepped into this hesitantly, thinking caption contests are sort of like dining room conversation – don’t bring up politics or religion. But, the photo was just begging for a caption contest so we proceeded onward.

Some of the entries that we can share include:

Don’t worry! If you hit a bad one, take a Billigan! — Rich Killoran

Barack, I swear I am telling the truth, my ball was this far inside of those white OB stakes! — Robert Branlund

Bill: Call me crazy, but i really don’t think you get bonus points for hitting that squirrel…. — Holden Harrison

Bill: “Alright Barry, you gotta keep this left of the recession bunker, go over the fiscal cliff, and down the forgiving subsidy straightaway. Oh, and you only have 4 more shots to do it.” — Danny Schnacky

And the caption garnering the most “Likes” and winning a Sun Mountain ThermalFlex Jacket is:

 

Bill: You know Obama you should really be back at the white house trying to figure out this economic crisis…Obama: You know i don’t have a clue what i’m doing Bill — Cam Rice.

Cam, message us so we can get your size, color choice and shipping information.

Thanks for participating. Next caption contest we will heed the dinner time rules!

 

Sun Mountain Adds Four New Sales Representatives

Sun Mountain is proud to announce the strengthening of its sales team with the addition of four new sales representatives.

New additions include: Kevin Neff in Colorado and Wyoming, Mike Connors in South Florida, Josh Lampley in Mississippi and Louisiana, and Charley Carlson in Utah and New Mexico.

Kevin Neff has been in the golf and sporting goods industries since 1974. With Wilson Sporting Goods for 20 years, Neff worked primarily with the golf division in positions including Customer Service Manager, Assistant to the Credit Manager and Sales Management. [Read more…]