Golf News for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | Events

2013 PGA Expo will offer new, in-depth educational offerings

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- PGA Professionals and industry leaders attending the 2013 PGA Expo, Aug. 19-21 in Las Vegas, will have the opportunity to build their professional expertise with new, in-depth educational offerings including a hands-on Instructional Workshop with Mike Malaska; the PGA Fast-Track Leadership Seminar; a new PGA Expo Technology Symposium; player development sessions from the PGA's Certified Professional Program 2.0; numerous AGM and PGA Education Seminars; new Peer-to-Peer Roundtables and a condensed certification session offered by FlightScope.

"Working with The PGA and AGM, we harnessed expertise from proven leaders representing nearly every aspect of the game critical to our attendee's professional success and built a condensed schedule that allows PGA Professionals and industry leaders to learn new teaching and business methods that can have an immediate impact on their business," said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several.

All PGA Expo education programs are offered in conjunction with the 2013 PGA Expo at the Venetian Resort and Callaway Golf Center in Las Vegas and organized in partnership with The PGA of America, Association of Golf Merchandisers and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions. The conference complements a full schedule of exhibits, main stage presentations, demonstrations, product testing and professional networking events at the annual industry business gathering. PGA members may earn up to 20 MSR credits through their participation in PGA Expo events and programs.

2013 PGA Expo Education Overview

Monday, August 19, 2013
PGA's Certified Professional Program 2.0* - Player Development Focus
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (5 MSR Education Credits)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas
*Open to PGA members only

Become FlightScope Certified
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (5 MSR Education Credits)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Instructional Workshop at PGA Demo Night - "Hands On" with Mike Malaska, 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year
Sponsored by Orange Whip Trainer
4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (2 MSR Education Credits)
Callaway Golf Center Las Vegas - Complimentary Shuttle Service from the Venetian

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
PGA's Fast Track To Leadership Development
10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (3 MSR Education Credits)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Veronese Room
Description: Three panels of industry leaders discussing (1) market assessment & trends; (2) skill development insights; and (3) professional advancement

The PGA Expo Technology Symposium
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (2 MSR Education Credits)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Show Floor Main Stage
Description: Golf Digest's Mike Johnson will moderate two panel discussions: (1) Better Equipment Technology and How to Sell it to Your Customers and (2) Teaching with the Latest Technologies. Both discussions will feature a select panel of leading designers to discuss how innovations in equipment, ball flight simulators and club/ball fitting are impacting how professionals teach and merchandise equipment.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
PGA Expo Education Seminars - Leadership, Instruction, Retail & Player Development Tracks - 11 Sessions
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (1 MSR Education Credit Per Hour Session)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Veronese Rooms

Peer to Peer Roundtables - Best Practices Among Public, Resort & Private Golf Facilities
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1 MSR Education Credit)
Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Show Floor Main Stage

Significant group, early-registration and multi-program savings, plus special pricing for PGA assistants, PGA apprentices and PGM students are available. Learn more about the educational offerings, conference pricing options and register at Special registration assistance also is available by calling 1-800-363-3631.

About the PGA Expo
The PGA Expo, the industry retail springboard for golf equipment, accessories and apparel in the second-half of the golf season, returns to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 19-21, 2013. Multiple fashion tradeshows will take place at The Venetian and in Las Vegas during the PGA Expo timeframe, providing a special synergy to golf industry apparel buyers and manufacturers.

In addition to a strong mix of golf apparel brands, the PGA Expo features leading equipment companies offering hands-on testing of their latest innovations and technology at Demo Night, and on the Show floor in the Club Performance and Testing Center, putting green, and ball flight analysis area. Additionally, a new golf technology pavilion and educational symposium on golf technology advancements will be offered.

The PGA Expo traditionally hosts thousands of golf industry leaders to source new merchandise among some 200-plus golf companies and brands, test the newest equipment and training aids, attend the industry keynote presentation, uncover the latest trends at the fashion designer panel, learn new teaching and business strategies and network among peers and industry executives.

The PGA Expo is not open to the public and is an industry professionals-only event. PGA Professionals, buyers and media can register, make travel arrangements and hotel reservations online at or by calling 800-840-5628.

The PGA Expo and PGA Merchandise Show are organized in partnership with The PGA of America.

Sherry Major, PGA Golf Exhibitions 716.662.3855,
Jamie Carbone, PGA of America 561.624.8446,