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Friday, August 20, 2010

Toronto company ‘Knets’ eBay award

Ted McIntyre

KnetGolf’s Shaun Shienfield has been crowned eBay Canada’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. Pictured here with more than 30,000 golf balls (which, coincidentally, is exactly what I lost last year), the KnetGolf’s president of eBay operations runs one of the largest internet golf retailers in the world, selling 20 million golf balls to more than 250,000 golfers in 2009 alone. The company was founded in 1995 along with Shienfield’s father Gary (CEO) and brother Korey (VP of sales) under the banner “Golf Balls by Fax,” explains Shaun, a Toronto resident whose Markham facility houses more then five million balls at the moment. “We really only got into the internet in 1998, then with eBay in 2001.”

And in case you think the competition’s nasty between KnetGolf and the Titleists of the world, think again. “We need them,” says Shaun, whose company deals with 2,000 courses across the continent. “Please buy new golf balls. It’s good for us!”

Particularly if you lose them really quickly.

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