The MAJOR of Golf Business
PGA Show Demo Day & Instructional Workshops
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Orange County National Golf Center
PGA Show Days & Education Conference
Wednesday, January 25 – Friday, January 27, 2017
Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida
Hall of Famers help PGA President open PGA Show
PGA President Paul K. Levy will get a “helping hand” from World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam and Colin Montgomerie, and from 2016 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Cary Cozby in officially opening the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show – The MAJOR of Golf Business – today at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
The foursome will welcome attendees from all 50 states and 90 countries, ceremoniously opening the doors to three days of merchandising, product testing, sourcing, networking and educational seminars featuring 1,000 leading companies.
With Golf Channel telecasting “Morning Drive” live from the OCCC today, Day One of the PGA Show is dedicated to charity and philanthropy, while focusing on technology.
“One of the great values that sets golf apart from all other sports is its historical commitment to charity,” said Levy, the 40th PGA President. “Golf gives back.”
Sorenstam’s Annika Foundation teaches youngsters the importance of healthy living and an active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.
Montgomerie’s Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation raises money for cancer patients and their families and funds two cancer centers. Cozby, PGA head professional at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2004. He has since introduced a golf marathon event that has generated $750,000-plus for local cancer patients and their caregivers.
Sorenstam, Montgomerie and Cozby are joining World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona and Michelle McGann today on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to discuss “The Impact of Charitable Efforts in Golf” at 10 a.m. PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua and Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack will also appear.
Numerous PGA Education Conference seminars continue today in classrooms downstairs at the OCCC, while the Performance & Sports Textile Sourcing Education Program Stage in the Apparel Hall, Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Stage, Equipment Test Center, New Product Zone, Golf Travel Pavilion and Inventor’s Spotlight are other PGA Show floor hot spots.
PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to emphasize charity, technology; welcomes Annika, Monty, Bubba
The far-reaching charitable impact of golf and technology are today’s themes for special presentations, panel discussions and celebrity conversations on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA, located in the Equipment Hall at the front of Aisle 400.
World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona will share details of a new WGF report on the “Impact of Charitable Efforts in Golf” at 10 a.m.
A panel comprised of charity-minded individuals such as Annika Sorenstam, Colin Montgomerie, Michelle McGann and 2016 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Cary Cozby will also be on hand. Plus, PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua and Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack will make a special announcement.
“The charitable impact of golf is profound,” says Mona. “Of the four major team sports in the United States (hockey, football, baseball and basketball), golf generates more charitable dollars than all of them combined.”
On the technology front, a panel discussion titled “How Technology and Digital Content Connect You to the Golf Consumer” is set for 11 a.m., while Bevacqua and guest host/College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz will join two-time Senior PGA Champ Montgomerie and Bubba Watson for a special SiriusXM “State of the Game” discussion at noon on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA. A “Conversation with Bubba Watson” presentation will follow at 1 p.m.
A special Q&A session with Cobra Puma Golf CEO Bob Philion and Greg Norman begins at
4 p.m. The session will be followed by a special charitable presentation by Philion to Folds of Honor founder Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and former F-16 fighter pilot.
Presentations, Seminars Set For Expanded Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Area
More than 75 golf fitness, sports performance and instruction companies are showcasing their newest products and services today through Friday in the newly expanded PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area (formerly the FIT to W.I.N. Pavilion) on the PGA Show floor at the back of aisles 900-2000.
With the Club, Spa & Fitness Association joining the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as presenting sponsors of the area, a full schedule of complimentary presentations and seminars will be held on the Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Stage today, tomorrow and Friday. Leading experts will share their knowledge and experience, including a “State of the Union Address on Golf Fitness, Wellness and Instruction” by TPI co-founders Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, PGA, on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, the Atwood Group (Booth # 1093) will offer new complimentary consultations by appointment to help PGA Professionals better integrate fitness at their golf clubs, resorts and destinations.
“More and more golf facilities worldwide are recognizing the benefits of incorporating a fitness center or spa into their facility programs, and this is a prime opportunity to see how a fitness/wellness/nutrition/exercise facility can fit into your facility,” said John Atwood, founder of the Atwood Group. “Fitness has become an integral part of golf instruction and healthy, and we are excited to show how they all tie together.”
PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day includes equipment, accessories, workshops
Thousands of PGA Professionals, golf retailers and industry leaders kicked off PGA Show Week yesterday at the 15th PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day. With Golf Channel airing live coverage, attendees tested the latest golf equipment, training aids and accessories at the 42-acre Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in nearby Winter Garden.
The “World’s Largest Professional Demo Day” featured products and services from more than 100 leading golf companies utilizing more than 200 hitting bays, five practice greens and an expanded Vendor Village, with attendees lined up to try new products from Callaway, Cobra, Ping, Srixon/Cleveland, TaylorMade, Titleist and numerous other leading golf brands.
“Demo Day has become one of my favorite things to do at the PGA Show each year. It’s phenomenal,” said Dave Bryan, PGA director of golf at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Added Marc Guertin, PGA head professional at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina: “We’re all like kids in a candy store.”
Many celebrities also roamed the expansive Outdoor Demo Day, including Bubba Watson for Ping and Annika Sorenstam representing Capillary Concrete. Bryson DeChambeau, Jesper Parnevik, Holly Sonders and Blair O’Neal appeared on behalf of Cobra Puma Golf. Russell Knox (Srixon/Cleveland) and Brad Faxon (Major Series of Putting) were on hand, too.
Outdoor Demo Day also featured educational and instructional workshops by renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter, PGA and 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska.
Produced by PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions and PGA Magazine, PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day was presented by Fujikura, ToughLie 360, Wittek Golf and Yamaha Golf-Car Company.
Other sponsors included Champ/MacNeill Engineering (tee); Pukka Headwear (hat); FlightScope (bag), Back9Beverages/Swing Oil and Major Series of Putting (registration), and Under Armour (apparel).
Tuesday’s AGM Retail Conference centers around education, networking and awards
The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) held its annual Retail Conference yesterday at the Orange County Convention Center, focusing on member education and best practices, while also handing out its coveted Platinum Awards and other honors.
“The AGM Annual Retail Conference is the largest gathering of our members and an excellent opportunity for their professional development,” said Desane Blaney, executive director of the AGM.
The education portion of the conference included Retail Strategies Courses III and IV, taught by AGM President Tracy Moffatt of K&K Consulting. The keynote address, titled “Time To Up Your Game: How to Re-Invent Your Business to Meet the Ever-Changing Customer Needs & Expectations,” was delivered by James Dion of Dionco, Inc.
Nearly 20 vendor partners sponsored the AGM Conference, including Ahead, Antigua, Cutter & Buck, EP Pro, Fairway & Greene, FootJoy and TaylorMade-adidas/Ashworth.