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Industry Leaders on stage at 60th PGA Merchandise Show

9.21am 10th January 2013 - Exhibitions & Conferences

PGA President Ted Bishop welcomes Annika Sorenstam, Ian Poulter, Dottie Pepper, Tim Finchem, Mark King, Jerry Tarde, Joe Beditz, John Solheim, Bob Philion among leaders to discuss industry matters, women’s golf, Golf 2.0 initiatives and latest product innovations.

A compelling schedule of presentations by industry leaders on the PGA Forum Stage will begin with LPGA Hall of Famer and 10-time major winner Annika Sorenstam joining The PGA of America and industry leaders following PGA of America President Ted Bishop’s welcome remarks on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:00 a.m.  Sorenstam will open the three-day PGA Forum programming schedule with her unique insights on the future of golf and current growth-of-the-game initiatives.

Golf standouts Ian Poulter and Dottie Pepper immediately follow Sorenstam at 11:00 a.m. to deliver keynote presentations on the business of golf from their perspectives.  The presentation, moderated by NBC Sports and Golf Channel broadcaster Jimmy Roberts, will be followed by a question and answer period with Pepper and Poulter discussing competing at the highest level, under the most intense pressure.

The schedule of presentations is diverse and will include Golf 2.0 initiatives such as PGA Junior League Golf, Tee It Forward,PGASportsAcademyand Get Golf Ready: The Robin Meade Experience, plus programs by COBRA PUMA GOLF and PING. Additionally, Friday’s programming schedule will be begin with a featured State of the Industry Roundtable with panelists scheduled to appear  including PGA of America President Ted Bishop, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, TaylorMade President and CEO Mark King and Golf Digest Chairman, Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde, National Golf Foundation President and CEO Joe Beditz, and Dottie Pepper, newly appointed member of The PGA of America Board of Directors, at 10:00 a.m.

“We’re pleased that so many golf leaders, award-winning PGA Professionals and industry influencers are utilizing the PGA Forum Stage at the PGA Merchandise Show to address, discuss and move forward the business of golf during our industry’s largest international business gathering,” said PGA President Ted Bishop of The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind.

Organized by The PGA of America, the PGA Forum was introduced in 2007 to provide the game’s leaders with an unprecedented opportunity to reach the more than 40,000 attending international industry professionals with pressing matters impacting the business of golf.

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