TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- SNAG Golf ('Starting New At Golf'), a proven first touch player development program designed for new learners of all ages, was the winner of the International Network of Golf (ING) 29th Industry Honors Awards at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando last week. SNAG Golf captured the Player Development Award, and was chosen over the PGA's Tee It Forward and PGA Professional Rick Grayson.
Called by some the "Academy Awards of the Golf Industry," the ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. Master of Ceremonies was former LPGA Tour star and golf course designer Jan Stephenson.
Nominees in a dozen categories are submitted throughout the year from members of the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference at the annual PGA Show.
"We were honored to be recognized by ING and our peers in the industry for taking the lead in developing future golfers through our SNAG coaching and teaching programs around the world," said Terry Anton, CEO and co-founder of SNAG Golf. "The growth of the game will be dependent on creating the best feeder system into the growing golf infrastructure and I believe we are accomplishing that every day. This prestigious award further validates that we are making a significant difference."
SNAG® Golf ('Starting New at Golf') incorporates developmentally appropriate equipment that will allow golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as on a soccer field, in a gym, or on the beach. It can be taught and played almost anywhere in the world with immediate, positive results. This instant success keeps new learners wanting to be further involved with golf.
In an effort to grow the game, SNAG® recently announced the launch of the Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG - a new initiative to energize youth participation in golf. Working with the National Recreation and Park Association, golf will be made available to youngsters as a team sport.
SNAG® is the skills-acquisition program used in the national school golf program headed by the World Golf Foundation's First Tee Program. There are more than 8,000 schools that are successfully introducing children to golf in the U.S. and over 12,000 worldwide. Professionals, please visit our SNAG® Pros website www.snagpros.com for more information on our Coaching System used to instruct new learners. For individuals and groups that want to have fun learning golf visit www.snaggolf.com.
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