July 23, 2016

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Brunswick golf club maker moving headquarters to Calif.

Medicus Golf, one of the nation’s leading manufacturer of golf training equipment, is moving its headquarters to Vista, Calif.

Founder and CEO Bob Koch said manufacturing and assembly productions will remain in Brunswick at 2845 Interstate Parkway.

Koch said the reason for moving the headquarters to Vista, a 94,000-population city just north of San Diego, was because of the large number of companies located there.

“We have a lot of golf companies out there we work with,” Koch said.

He said the move is almost complete and is expected to impact only about 10 employees.

“It’s actually finished, we just have a few more shipments,” he said.

Koch won’t be moving to Vista. He said he plans to stay in Medina.

He founded the company more than 20 years ago after developing the Medicus driver in the early 1990s.

The driver’s hinge mechanism, which breaks down when a flaw occurs during the swing, has been endorsed by more than 70 PGA professionals.

Since unveiling the original model, the company has come out with the Medicus five-iron, putter and a new and improved Medicus Driver, with two hinges.

Koch played in the PGA tour in 1983 and 1984.

In 2012, at age 52, he qualified for the US Senior Open in Michigan. He qualified for the competition using a ball called the Kick X TourZ, designed by Medicus Golf.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4065 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.