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Unique Siouxland golf supplier gearing up for the busy season


SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) - In this beautiful warm weather, golf season is in full swing, and for many, that means a chance to get back out on the course.

For one manufacturer in Spencer, Iowa, it means business is about to pick up. But this unique company doesn't specialize in balls, clubs or carts.

"You can't play golf without a pencil, you can't play golf without a tee," said Dave Brostrom.

At the start of golf season, players are usually a little rusty, and that often means high numbers on their scorecards.

But to even record their scores in the first place, they need one very important tool - a pencil.

Spencer-based All Star Pro Golf provides both to golf courses all over the country.

"We've always carried pencils and golf tees, but we're now one of the largest pencil and tee companies in the United States."

In fact, All Star is active in all 50 states and internationally as both a whole saler to golf course pro shops and a manufacturer of pencils.

"Through the course of the last decade or so, we've become larger and larger in pencils. We now sell not only directly to golf courses, but we also sell to our competitors," said Brostrom. "Twenty-two of our competitors carry our pencils and sell them."

Golf pencils are All Star's biggest product, but they also sell school and carpenter pencils. About 100-thousand pencils are manufactured per day - not bad for an operation that only boasts about 20 employees.

You have to watch the intake, you have to watch the foil ribbons, you have to watch the quality of the pencil coming out."

Then it's time to saw.

"We'll saw just about 300 per minute."

And finally, the pencils will be sharpened before packaging; typically, in orders of 30 boxes each containing 144 pencils.

All Star Pro Golf provides pencils to nearly every course in Iowa, but their clientele reaches far into the Midwest and beyond. In fact, some of the most famous golfers in the world have signed their names on scorecards using these very pencils.

"We do an awful lot of the big name clubs," said Brostrom. "The Ryder Cups, Valhalla, Medina, Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines."

Some of the premiere golf clubs in the world are All Star's customers. But whether it's a course in Northwest Iowa or a world-renowned course, the goal is the same.

"To be the premiere golf distributor in the United States - that's who we are and that's what our mission is to maintain," said Brostrom.

So the next time you're out on the golf course, the very pencil that's recording your birdies and bogeys could be from right here in Iowa.

All Star Pro Golf will be featured on the Golf Channel's "In Play with Jimmy Roberts" on Monday.

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