Top names in the world of professional golf, golf instruction and entertainment will be on-hand to meet the more than 40,000 golf industry professionals and some 1,200 exhibitors who will gather for the world’s largest and most influential golf exhibition and convention, the 53rd PGA Merchandise Show & Convention in Orlando next week
Greg Norman, Jim Furyk, Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer are among the professional golfers scheduled to appear on behalf of exhibitors. Meanwhile, a trio of golf’s most renowned teachers — Rick Martino, Butch Harmon and Dave Pelz — will present several highly coveted “teach-the-teacher” clinics on the Show floor. Additionally, a variety of industry experts in the fields of merchandising, retailing, player development, golf event management, golf travel and business management will present programmes within the education conference and in learning labs on the Show floor. And, bringing a rock ‘n roll edge to this year’s event, The Black Crowes will perform a Friday night concert sponsored by IzodG.
“Celebrity participation at the PGA Merchandise Show & Convention adds yet another level of excitement to the already energized atmosphere of product introductions, company launches, demo events, hands-on learning labs, business networking and live TV,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions vice president and show manager Ed Several. “It becomes just one more compelling reason to come experience all the golf industry has to offer in one setting, as we launch the new business year for golf.”
Special guests at the PGA Merchandise Show & Convention include: Greg Norman for GPS Industries, MacGregor Golf and the Greg Norman Collection; Jim Furyk for Srixon; Annika Sorenstam for Cutter & Buck; Paula Creamer for adidas Golf; Mark McCumber for Gaim Golf; Erica Blasburg for Puma Golf; Chi Chi Rodriguez for The Golf Network; Rick Martino, Butch Harmon and Dave Pelz presenting “Teach-the-Teacher” Clinics; The Black Crowes in concert for IzodG; Tom Pasha, Phil Immordino and Lisa Smith presenting in the Golf Event Magazine Tournament & Outings Pavilion; and PGA Merchandisers of the Year Ron Dunham, John Buczek, and Fabian McIntyre presenting in the Dream Golf Shop.
The PGA Merchandise Show Convention, Jan. 26-29, 2006, in Orlando, Fla., is the world’s most influential gathering of PGA professionals, retailers, golf manufacturers and industry leaders. Visitors travel from more than 70 countries to test the latest products, find the hottest trends, learn cutting-edge business techniques and grow participation in the game.
More than 1,200 golf-related manufacturers showcase their newest products and services within more than 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space in the Orange County Convention Center. GolfWeek’s Golfest, a consumer demo weekend, kicks off Show week, Jan. 21-22, 2006. Demo Day, Jan. 25, 2006, marks the official opening of the Show for thousands of PGA professionals, key retailers and media, as they test the products of some 80 participating manufacturers at the 42-acre practice facility of the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla.
Buyers and media can register online, plus make hotel and travel reservations at www.pgaexpo.com The PGA Merchandise Show offers airfare discounts and shuttle bus service from 32 official hotels.
The PGA Merchandise Show, organized in partnership with The PGA of America, is one of four leading golf trade shows in PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions golf portfolio, including the PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas; the Ontario PGA Golf Merchandise Show in Toronto, Canada; and the PGA Merchandise Show of Australia in Queensland.