Seaforth Rain Hood in the best bags

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Tiger has it. So does Annika Sorenstam, Jack Nicklaus, the Ryder Cup teams and Solheim Cup teams.

It is the Seaforth Rain Hood.

According to the Darrell Survey, an independent company monitoring equipment used by the LPGA and PGA Tour players, 90 per cent of them have in their golf bags the Seaforth Rain Hood patented by the Doig family of Seaforth.

Naturally, the company slogan is "when it pours, we reign.''

If it rains during the Canadian Women's Open at London Hunt, look closely and you may see the hood on the bag of many of the 156 players. On the men's tour, Doig's clientele includes Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.

The rain hood is a rather simple-looking product -- it sells for between $20-$25 -- made of light weight waterproof nylon designed to fit around the top of a golf bag. One of the features is it is easily rolled and stored, taking up very little space in the bag.

Carolanne Doig, who owns the product, was in her native Scotland a few weeks ago for the Loch Lomond tournament -- a warmup event for the British Open at Liverpool, England -- to make inroads in the European market. She is the daughter of Ken Doig, one of Ontario's top amateurs in the 1970s, who was playing hockey in Scotland when his daughter was born.

The Doigs own and operate the Seaforth Golf and Country Club.

In Scotland, Carolanne Doig said she couldn't help but notice some players using hand-me-down rain covers and it wasn't long before the players started asking how to get the product.

"A lot said they didn't have a clue where to get them," she said. "I get three or four calls a week from players. I've had calls from Steve Williams (Tiger's caddie), Betsy King, Justin Leonard. It's hilarious sometimes when you think they are calling me in Seaforth but they're calling because it's a good product.

"I don't pay anyone to use it.''

The Seaforth Rain Hood first appeared on the tours in the early 1990s when Ken Doig, Jr., her brother and a caddie on the PGA tour for 22 years, passed it out to several Canadian players including Dave Barr, Dan Halldorson and Dawn Coe-Jones.

The turning point came in 1992 when Cam Doig, another brother, gave rain hoods to Payne Stewart and Davis Love III at the Memorial tournament in Ohio run by Jack Nicklaus. But, Nicklaus wasn't interested because he was endorsing McGregor golf equipment. A few years later, Nicklaus approached the Doigs.

Now even the Golden Bear has one.


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