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The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

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Happy to say that I was one of the 2800 golf professionals and 35000 other industry people for the “Major of Golf Business” at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from Jan 20 to 23.

Record attendance at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit.  Plus at the PGA Show Outdoor demo day proved that many people are investing their intelligence and skills in keeping this game alive and relevant.

Personally, I was very inspired by the seminars on coaching, teaching, leadership, and Sales & Marketing.  Headed up by luminaries such as LPGA teacher Nancy Quarcelino, Dr. Jim Suttie, Dr. Paul Schempff, Stan Utley (short game), and Todd Anderson from Sea Island Academy.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

Bubba Watson entertained the crowd, Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on behalf of Cobra Puma. A panel consisted of the President of the International Golf Federation, Suzanne Petersen, Graham Mc Dowell, and more brought us up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games. We will see golf as part of the games for the first time in 111 years.

There were also impressive discussions about recruiting and retaining women in the game, headed up by Suzy Whaley,  PGA of America. And other prominent women inside and outside the golf business.

Read more about the world’s largest global summit for the business of golf as described by

ORLANDO, Fla. – A lengthy list of golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.  The Major of Golf Business.  At the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday.

With Golf Channel providing “Morning Drive” coverage from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bubba Watson was on hand to officially welcome attendees and open the PGA Show from the Main Lobby.  While PGA President Derek Sprague – as well as thousands of enthusiastic PGA Show attendees – looked on.

“The first day of the PGA Show has been exciting, fun and very crowded. It’s busy, busy, busy,” said PGA Professional Tara McKenna of Fort Myers, Florida.  Who has attended every PGA Show since 1991. “For those in the golf industry, this is like Christmas morning.”

Wednesday also marked the first of three days of the PGA Education Conference.  Featuring dozens of seminars on Leadership, Teaching & Coaching, Retail & Merchandising, and Sales & Marketing.

Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on behalf of Cobra Puma. 

While an update on golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 was another first-day highlight. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and women’s golf initiatives were highlighted in a special presentation in the same location, and a new website for women’s golfers,, was also unveiled.

Panelists bring PGA Show attendees up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games
It has been 111 years since golf was last a part of the Olympics. But the return of golf to the Games is well under way, and the golf course where the competition will be held is in the final stages of construction.

As the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, near, a panel met yesterday morning on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to discuss the state of construction on the golf course and the excitement for potential Olympic golfers. On the panel were Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation (IGF); Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF; LPGA Tour player Suzann Pettersen; PGA Tour player Graeme McDowell; former LPGA Tour player Amy Alcott, who is part of the Rio course design team, and Gil Hanse, president of Hanse Golf Course Design, the architectural firm in charge of course construction.

“Golf in the Olympics is the biggest grow-the-game opportunity we have,” said Dawson, referring to the golf industry as a whole. “The growth of the game is worldwide. Golf in the Olympics will lead to extra exposure and extra government support for the game.”

Bubba Watson thrills crowd on PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA.

The 2012 Masters produced one of the most memorable golf shots in recent history. Facing Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff, Bubba Watson pulled his tee shot at the 10th deep into the towering trees, where it came to rest on the pine straw. The left-hander proceeded to pull a 52-degree wedge, hit a 50-yard draw, and land it 15 feet from the cup on his way to winning the Masters.

On Wednesday afternoon, Watson took to the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to talk to PGA Show attendees about how he works the golf ball like he did at Augusta, his social media usage and what it’s like to win the Masters.

“Whether you’re 92 or 35, like I was, when you have the green jacket on you’re 12 years old,” said Watson, describing the setting of the Champions Dinner at Augusta. “When we wear the green jacket it turns us all into kids. It’s great to see because it reminds me of why I play golf.”

The reason he plays: Because golf is fun. Another fun thing for Watson is “doing weird stuff on social media.” When he’s not posting hip-hop golf videos, Watson uses his social channels to interact with fans. “If it’s the golf course, baseball field, football field or the doctor’s office, it’s tough to really see who a person is,” said Watson. “Social media is a way to interact with fans and show them who I am as a person.”

Watson closed by taking questions from the audience and amazing a young golfer when he confirmed that he uses 10 wraps on his grips.

About the PGA Merchandise Show.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 20-23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center.

During PGA Show days, Jan. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event.

Source: Nancy Quarcelino  Dr. Jim Suttie   Dr. Paul Schempp  Stan Utley  Todd Anderson

Pictures: Steven Newton   Keith Allison

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