Presentations Announced for the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA at the 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 21-23, 2015
Top Instructors, Latest Technology, Golf in the Olympics, Women’s Initiatives and Player Development are in the Spotlight of the Main Stage
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –The PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA at the 62nd PGA Merchandise Show will offer a compelling program of diverse industry presentations for thousands of PGA Professionals and golf industry leaders from around the world gathering at “the Major of Golf Business,” Jan. 21-23, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Programs featuring top instructors, new equipment and technology, golf in the Olympics, women’s initiatives, youth programming and player development will complement three busy days of the newest golf merchandise, product testing, demonstrations, fashion shows, education sessions and professional networking events at the annual PGA Merchandise Show. “The 2015 PGA Forum Stage covers a wide scope of meaningful presentations designed to inspire important dialogue that will help move forward the careers of our PGA Professionals, their businesses, the golf industry and growth of the game,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. “We’re pleased that many industry leaders are utilizing this platform to connect with so many PGA Professionals, buyers and golf executives gathering in Orlando.”
Organized by the PGA of America, the PGA Forum Stage 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. Those in attendance will roam nearly 10 miles of PGA Show aisles featuring more than 1,000 exhibiting brands displaying a wide range of products and services.
PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA
(Schedule as of Jan. 9, 2015 — subject to change)
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Be Right with Graeme McDowell presented by Game Golf
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Olympic Golf Forum – An update on the sport’s return to the 2016 Summer Olympics featuring Peter Dawson, Gill Hanse, Suzann Pettersen, Graeme McDowell, Ty Votaw and Amy Alcott
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Inspiring Greatness – The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship & Women’s Golf Initiatives, featuring Molly Solomon, Donna Orender, Lynne Doughtie, Paige Mackenzie and Suzy Whaley
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Bringing Women to Golf – Announcement of an unprecedented industry initiative designed to grow the game for women
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Shot Making with Bubba Watson presented by PING
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Growing Youth Participation and Engagement through PGA Junior League Golf
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. “GAME CHANGED” presented by COBRA PUMA
Product presentation by CEO Robert Philion with special guests Greg Norman, Holly Sonders, Lexi Thompson & Curtis Thompson
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. U.S. Kids Golf presents the Top 50 Kids Teachers Awards
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Announcing PGA.org – The PGA of America reveals a complete overhaul of PGAlinks.com into a new personalized member center with a collection of articles and tools to help you grow your career, your business and the game
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Three Pillars of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Becoming a Top 100 Teacher presented by Golf Magazine
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Club Design and Fitting presented by PING, featuring Stan Utley and Todd Anderson
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. SiriusXM Town Hall – Golf’s Legendary Instructors, featuring David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Jim McLean and Claude Harmon III
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. PGA Section Teachers of the Year Panel
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. The Body Swing Connection presented by the Titleist Performance Institute
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.
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