After a record attendance at the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit and PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, plus heavy PGA Show floor traffic on Wednesday and Thursday, the final day of PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., is upon us.
A final day of Education Conference seminars, product presentations, celebrity appearances, and networking and merchandising with 1,000-plus leading companies is on the agenda Friday to place an exclamation mark on a highly productive week for the PGA Show – The Major of Golf Business.
“There has been a lot of buzz and sustained crowds conducting business on the Show floor this week,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “The PGA Show has created an optimistic feel for the golf industry going forward this year.”
Ed Several, general manager of PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, reported an increase in attendance at the 2015 Outdoor Demo Day, and the momentum carried over to the PGA Merchandise Show the past two days as equipment, apparel and accessory manufacturers launched new lines, while the return of live Fashion Shows energized the PGA Show floor.
“The excitement and new products seen at the PGA Show will create a buzz in our golf shop this spring,” said Eric Sandstrum, PGA head professional at Brattleboro Country Club in Brattleboro, Vermont. “I come here every year, and it sets the tone and gives us new ideas for the season ahead.”
Today’s closing-day schedule (PGA Show hours are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) includes a PGA Section Teachers of the Year panel discussion at 9 a.m.; The Body Swing Connection presented by the Titleist Performance Institute on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA at 10 a.m.; live Fashion Shows in the Apparel Hall at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and a variety of PGA Education Conference seminars in rooms W101-W103 between 8-11:45 a.m.