Golf News for Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Tournaments

Honda Classic attendenees eligible to enjoy free golf instruction

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- South Florida golf enthusiasts attending this month's 2007 Honda Classic will be able to experience something that is rare to most professional golf tournaments – a week-long opportunity to receive free golf instruction from PGA Professionals and also test out the latest in golf equipment -- at the "Play Golf America Expo at the Honda Classic."

A collaboration between The PGA of America, South Florida PGA Section and the Honda Classic, the Play Golf America Expo will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 27-Sunday, March 4, 2007, at PGA National Golf Club's Haig Range, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Scheduled from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. each day, the Play Golf America Expo is open free of charge to all ticket-bearing spectators attending the Honda Classic.

"The South Florida PGA Section is excited about this new venture with the Honda Classic to bring more individuals into the game, to further enjoy the professional golf tournament experience and sample some of the best golf equipment available," said South Florida PGA Executive Director Kevin Marrone. "We anticipate this will be one of the most popular stops for South Florida golfers throughout the tournament season."

The Play Golf America Expo is supported by Bridgestone Golf, Callaway Golf, Nicklaus Golf Equipment Company, Nike Golf and Titleist. Fans visiting the Play Golf America Expo will find golf equipment at the Haig Range and putting green, all of which will be on sale at a discounted price through the PGA National Golf Shop.

"We understand our challenges and need to make our product of tournament golf more appealing to fans of all ages and interests," said Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly. "Today, professional golf is in the entertainment business, and we must find ways to attract a diverse fan base, in order to continue our growth."

The Play Golf America Expo will feature PGA Professional Dave Maga, instructor at the PGA National Golf Digest Schools, who will present a Short Game Clinic at 1 p.m., Friday, March 2, followed by a Long Game Clinic, at 3 p.m., each on the Haig Range.

The Play Golf America Expo is part of a national network of special Play Golf America events designed to attract more people to the game of golf.

Play Golf America is an adult player development initiative supported by the industry's allied organizations – The PGA of America, PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA, and NGCOA - which participate in the annual Golf 20/20 Conference.

The program utilizes the www.PlayGolfAmerica.com Web site to serve as a link for consumers to access fun, affordable and informative programs in their area.

For more information about tickets to the Honda Classic, visit www.thehondaclassic.com, or call 866-8HONDA8 (866-846-6328). The primary beneficiary of the Honda Classic is the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.