Golf News for Monday, July 1, 2013 | Events

2013 PGA Expo Fast-Track Leadership Seminar and Certified Professional Program

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA's Fast-Track Leadership Seminar and Certified Professional Program 2.0 top the new additions to an already diverse education conference at the 2013 PGA Expo, Aug. 19-21, at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. The enhanced education schedule provides PGA Professionals and industry leaders with a variety of high-level, national education programs to organize a custom educational calendar while sourcing the latest merchandise among more than 200 golf vendors and networking among peers at the industry's annual golf marketplace.

After a successful inaugural presentation at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show, the PGA Fast Track to Leadership Development Seminar has become a sought-after education component for its condensed three hours of premier education panels providing strategic intelligence on (1) golf market assessment & trends; (2) skill development insights from leading employers; and (3) career advancement opportunities. The PGA Fast Track to Leadership Development Seminar will be offered on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PGA Professionals will earn 3 MSR Education credits for their participation in the seminar.

The PGA's Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP) will offer a "Jump Start to Player Development" certification exclusively for PGA Professionals. The seven PGA custom courses for player development certification will be introduced and PGA Professionals are able to advance through the remainder of the online educational certification program at their own pace when they return home. The PGA's Certified Professional Program 2.0 "Jump Start to Player Development certification session will be offered on Monday, Aug. 19, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PGA Professionals will earn 5 MSR Education credits for their participation in the seminar.

The PGA Fast Track and CPP programs complement the traditional PGA Education Conference of eleven sessions in four professional tracks - Leadership, Player Development, Instruction and Retail. The PGA of America and Association of Golf Merchandisers will offer a variety of one-hour sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PGA Professionals will earn 1 MSR Education credit per one-hour session.

"The 2013 PGA Expo calendar of educational programming allows PGA Professionals and industry leaders to select seminars, topics, presenters and a variety of teaching environments that best meet their career aspirations, business needs and learning styles," said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several. "Our goal has always been for PGA Professionals, buyers and vendors to come away from a PGA Golf Shows event better equipped for success. The new high-level, national educational offerings, combined with the newest merchandise from 200-plus top golf vendors and peer-to-peer best practices, create a business environment primed to build businesses and careers."

In addition to the PGA Fast Track and CPP programs and the PGA Education Conference, a hands-on Instructional Workshop with Mike Malaska will be offered prior to Demo Night on Aug. 19; a new PGA Expo Technology Symposium will be offered on Aug. 20 and Peer-to-Peer Best Practice Roundtables will be offered on Aug. 21. FlightScope, a PGA Expo vendor, also will offer a condensed certification session prior to the PGA Expo on Aug. 19.

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. PGA members may earn up to 20 MSR credits through their participation in PGA Expo events and programs. 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.

PGA Expo: Sherry Major, (716) 662-3855,
The PGA of America: Jamie Carbone, (561) 624-8446,