Ashworth Inc. Announces New Weather Systems Collection

CARLSBAD, Calif.--()--March 27, 2003--Ashworth Inc. (NASDAQ:ASHW), a leading designer of sportswear and golf apparel, today announced the first delivery of the brand's Spring/Summer 2003 new Weather Systems(R) Collection available in stores now.

For over 16 years Ashworth has been a leader in providing the golfer with unparalleled comfort, function and style. All the while giving the maximum protection against the elements is Ashworth's trademarked Weather Systems Collection, an evolution in outerwear.

Over the past few years, the main emphasis on outerwear was the functionality with little regard for comfort and style. New breakthroughs in fabric technology brought exciting new advancements; lightweight, quiet fabrics with new textures and colors that did not sacrifice the protection golfers needed on course. A mainstay in the Weather Systems Collection has been the classic Ashworth Doeskin Wind Shirt, which debuted in 1989. Now, 14 years later Ashworth is delivering for Spring/Summer 2003, the continuation of advancements in fabric technology:

The Short Sleeved Convertible Wind Shirt

With the current convertible styles going from long sleeve to a vest, this new style is what Ashworth believes to be the first true convertible long sleeve to short sleeve wind shirt. A long sleeve zip off to a short sleeve model, this piece is water repellent, wind resistant, and has a subtle ottoman texture. This unique garment is the perfect on-course transition outerwear.

Weather Systems Collection Pant

For complete protection against the wind, rain and cold, Ashworth offers a compliment in bottoms as well. The new Weather Systems Collection pant features:

-- Wind/water repellant

-- Hidden side zip pockets

-- Articulated knees for improved range of motion

-- Relaxed waistband

-- Ankle zippers

-- Ample ventilation through leg vents

This pant technology is also offered in a Weather Systems short which possesses many of the same features.

Ashworth Weather Systems Collection Sportswear

Ashworth has throughout the years become known for the ability to provide the consumer with a true golf-inspired sportswear collection. While many of the pieces from this collection will stand up well to the demand of on-course play, the primary focus is on style and comfort. Well suited for a day in the office or an evening on the town, Ashworth is the perfect choice. To complete this season's Weather System Collection offering:

Fully Washable Suede Leather Jacket

A premium, soft and sophisticated suede leather that is not only machine washable but can tumble dry and resist wrinkles as well. This easy care jacket features:

-- Inner cell phone pocket/outer side pockets

-- Side-elastic panels for added comfort

-- Fitted silhouette for a more tailored look

The extensive offering of the Weather Systems Collections features 28 men's fashion and 35 men's Authentics styles for Spring/Summer 2003. From a complete selection of knits, insulating pieces and outerwear, Ashworth also has Weather Systems accessories and a full compliment of bottoms.

Ashworth Weather Systems Collection carries unique hang tags with features and benefits and all product is supported in-store with signage, POP and consumer/trade advertising.

Ashworth, Inc. is a designer of men's and women's golf-inspired lifestyle sportswear distributed domestically and internationally in golf pro shops, resorts and upscale department and specialty stores. Ashworth products include three main brand extensions. Ashworth Collection(TM) is a range of upscale sportswear designed to be worn on and off course. Ashworth Authentics(TM) showcases the most popular items from the Ashworth line. Ashworth Weather Systems(R) utilizes technology to create a balance between fashion and function in any climatic condition. Callaway Golf is a trademark of Callaway Golf Company. Ashworth, Inc., 2765 Loker Avenue West, Carlsbad, CA 92008 is an Official Apparel Licensee of Callaway Golf Company.

To learn more, visit our Web site at www.ashworthinc.com.

ProSpin Industries Inc. owns three Patents and associated trade secrets used to make a core spun yarn manufactured by wrapping Pima cotton around a continuous multifilament polyester core. ProSpin has licensed Springfield LLC to manufacture and sell yarn and/or fabrics made by using the patented technology and trade secrets, as well as to use the registered trademark, ProSpin(R), in the United States and various foreign countries. Ashworth Inc. is an authorized purchaser from Springfield and is licensed to use the ProSpin(R) trademark.

This press release contains forward-looking statements related to the company's market position, finances, operating results, marketing plans and strategies. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the timely development and acceptance of new products, as well as strategic alliances, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the success of the Callaway Golf apparel product line, the preliminary nature of bookings information, the ongoing risk of excess or obsolete inventory, potential inadequacy of booked reserves and other risks described in Ashworth Inc.'s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended Oct. 31, 2002.

Contacts

Ashworth Inc., Carlsbad
Randall L. Herrel, Sr., 760/929-6142
or
Terence Tsang, 760/929-4611
or
Kehoe, White & Company Inc.
Investor Relations:
James K. White, 562/437-0655

Contacts

Ashworth Inc., Carlsbad
Randall L. Herrel, Sr., 760/929-6142
or
Terence Tsang, 760/929-4611
or
Kehoe, White & Company Inc.
Investor Relations:
James K. White, 562/437-0655