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A better place to put your cigar while golfing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – It was rare to see Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley without a cigar laying by their feet as they teed off during the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course last week. Antoine M. Dumas of Phoenix, Ariz., wants to make sure that those two – and every other golfer – has a better place to put their cigars while golfing.

Dumas, a former Nationwide Tour – now known as the Web.com Tour – golfer, has developed a cigar stand made of maple wood and brass.

“You put them in the ground on the tee box,” Dumas said during celebrity practice rounds at the ACC. “They are waist high, so your cigars are not being dropped on the ground where there are pesticides, animal droppings, stuff like that.”

The shaft of the stands come in three finishes: golden pecan, red sedona and ebony. The bottom part, which is a point to stick into the ground, and top, where the cigar is placed, is made of brass and comes in two finishes: black brass and titan brass.

“You keep it in your bag, it does not include as a club,” Dumas said. “It is part of your equipment they say, but there is no penalty or anything when you have them in there. It still maintains with the 14 clubs you have, it’s just considered equipment, kind of like a ball retriever.”

Dumas currently works as the director of instruction at The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club in Phoenix. He came to Tahoe a few months ago to show his product to Bylthe Arakawa at Lake Tahoe Cigar Company, which led him to the ACC, where Arakawa has been handing out cigars for 15 years.

“I think it’s very well needed and it’s done very well. Nice and classy,” Arakawa said. “The nice wood, the different colors of wood. It’s very well needed and it fits in the golf bag, so I think it’s wonderful.”

Dumas came up with the idea while on the Nationwide Tour. The former Tiger Woods commercial double has been producing the stands commercially for a little over a year.

“I’ve always enjoyed cigars, and I wanted something classy,” Dumas said. “Your typical cigar holder is just a little clip that goes on the side of a golf cart and you tend to leave them and forget about them, so I wanted something that was very classy, stands out and you can’t miss it when it’s waist high because you have to walk past it.”

The stands sell for $45 and can be purchased at Lake Tahoe Cigar Company, located in MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. They come with a lifetime warranty. They can also be purchased online at http://www.dumascigars.com.

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