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Minnesota Entrepreneur Creates DivotPack
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:15

When Minnesotans can't golf because their golf courses are under three feet of snow for six months, it gives golfers a chance to create new golf-related products that might just have a market in an otherwise "slow to change" industry.

This story appeared in the Star Tribune :

In the summer of 2009, Katie Schwegaman was watching the crews fill divots at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee where she worked, while she gathered leaves with a backpack leaf blower, Schwegman had her lightbulb moment.

"It was just about putting two ideas together," said Katie Schwegman, who works out of her Bloomington home.

The DivotPack, which sells for $349, is a backpack with a gravity-fed tube that can hold up to three gallons of sand mixture. It is designed to ease back strain and save hours from the process of filling divots by hand. And with 16,000 golf courses around the country, including about 600 in Minnesota alone, Schwegman believes her invention has major potential.

They recently attended the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, the world's largest international show for golf professionals. The last-minute decision to attend paid off, as they sold out her first production round of 250 DivotPacks.

If you've ever had to fill divots as part of your summer golf course job, this might be a godsend.