ING SprING Conference’s Plus One Incentive Program Returns With Inn On The Lakes Trip As Grand Prize

A four-day, three-night golf vacation for two at the quaint and beautiful Inn On The Lakes in Sebring, FL, highlights a terrific Grand Prize in ING’s “Plus One” conference attendance program.

That trip will go to the person who earns the most points by bringing in new members to the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference May 19-23 at the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center in Sebring, FL. Any member who signs up at least one new attendee to the ING Spring Conference will earn a dozen golf balls.

A special runner-up prize will go to the person who signs up the most individuals, IF that person does not win the Grand Prize (which is based on a points formula).

The non-profit International Network of Golf is the industry’s only media-based networking organization. ING is “where the media and golf industry connect.” Anyone in the golf industry and media is invited to join and attend.

Inn On The Lakes is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Sebring and near all the diverse activities and golf that make this area a wonderful getaway destination.

At Inn On The Lakes you will enjoy the luxury of casual, yet elegant surroundings that are as pleasing to the eye as they are comfortable and relaxing. With more than 155 spacious, beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, you can experience the best that Sebring Florida hotels have to offer. At Inn On The Lakes you will be afforded all of the comforts of home, in addition to stunning views that overlook the lakes, and the finest hospitality around.

After a day of activities you’ll likely want to unwind with an excellent meal, and you can enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience at Chicanes.

Sebring is a part of the gorgeous, scenic heartland of Florida. The city prides itself on its reputation for being a relaxing place to get away, highlighted by its numerous golf courses and ample access to surrounding lakes and attractions.

THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations for three nights at the Inn On The Lakes
  • Two rounds of golf for two
  • Three days of breakfast for two
  • Dinner for two

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • ING members send appropriate entry form to prospects (they must be NEW attendees to ING – no participation the past 5 years).
  • Then send e-mail to mike@jamisongolf.com with the name of their prospect(s).
  • Follow up with prospect(s) as appropriate, reminding them of the benefits of the ING Conference.

That’s it. When their prospects become registered attendees, ING members will receive credit based on the following point system:

BRING IN AN INDIVIDUAL ATTENDEE: 4 points for each

BRING IN AN APPOINTMENT SHOW EXHIBITOR: 7 points for each

BRING IN A DEMO LAB & APPOINTMENT SHOW EXHIBITOR: 9 points for each

SIGN UP A NEW MEMBER WHO DOESN’T ATTEND THE CONFERENCE: 2 points for each.

The ING member with the most points will win the Grand Prize.

The non-profit International Network of Golf will conduct annual gathering of media and golf industry companies and leaders. ING is where “media connects with the golf industry.”

Everyone in the golf industry and media is invited to attend the conference and address the key issues the golf business.

The conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events.

  • The ever-popular One-On-One Appointment Show, where exhibitors will have pre-scheduled, 15-minute private meetings with media and attendees of their choice;
  • The Demo Lab, where manufacturers and training companies will display their latest clubs and training aids for attendees to test first-hand;
  • Educational seminars and workshops: Subjects include Marketing & PR; Social Media Marketing; State of the Industry and Player Development, among others. The theme of the conference is “Golf Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
  • Individual and team golf tournaments.
  • Plus, the many networking sessions that ING is famous for.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-474-0531.

Wilson’s Tim Clarke, Tour Edge, Knuth Golf Among Winners In 25th Annual ING Industry Honors Awards

Wilson Golf GM Tim Clarke, Tour Edge’s Exotics EXS Driver and Knuth Golf’s High Heat 257+ metalwoods were among the winners in the 25th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program. Results in 12 categories were announced Thursday at the PGA Merchandise Show.

The ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. The non-profit, media-based networking organization International Network of Golf conducts the awards program.

Nominees in 12 categories are submitted throughout the year from anyone in the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members then vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference. Holly Geoghegan of Golf Marketing Services is the committee chair.

Clarke is widely credited for bringing Wilson Golf back into relevancy in recent years and was honored by ING in the Business Achievement Category for those efforts. Tour Edge and Knuth each won their respective Product Ingenuity categories for their cutting edge products.

Other winners included Youth On Course in the Player Development Category, CopperTech Glove in the Product Ingenuity-Soft Goods/Accessories Category and Voice Caddie in the Product Ingenuity-Technology Category. LPGA took home the TV Commercial Award and Callaway the Print Advertising top honor.

For more information, visit www.inggolf.com.

 

2018 ING Industry Honors Winners/Finalists

 

Business Achievement

            Winner: Tim Clarke, GM at Wilson Golf

            Other Finalists: Dana Garmany, Troon Golf; Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Course Design

 

Digital Marketing

            Winner: Golf Central Magazine/TPC Sawgrass

            Other Finalists: Golf Pulp Media/Power Pack Golf; J2 Golf Marketing/Hidden Valley GC

 

Player Development

            Winner: Youth On Course

            Other Finalists: Hurricane Junior Golf Tour; U.S. Kids Golf Foundation

 

Print Advertising – Products & Services

            Winner: Callaway All Black – “Explore The Options”

            Other Finalists: Ben Hogan; Odyssey

 

Print Advertising – Travel & Real Estate

            Winner: Hammock Beach – “Don’t let the blue distract you from the Green”

            Other Finalists: Bermuda 3S Pro-Am; Erin Hills Golf Club

 

Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Golf Equipment

            Winner: High Heat 257+ Metalwoods

            Other Finalists: Bloodline Putters; Snell MTB Golf Balls

 

Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Soft Goods/Accessories

            Winner: CopperTech Glove

            Other Finalists: Original Penguin; Vessel Golf Bags

 

Product Ingenuity – Misc. Products

            Winner: Zero Friction Spectra Supertubes

            Other Finalists: Chippo Golf Game; Golf Words

 

Product Ingenuity – Technology

            Winner: Voice Caddie

            Other Finalists: GolfLogix; Live View Golf

 

Product Ingenuity – Training Products

            Winner: The Orange Whip Wedge

            Other Finalists: SQRDUP; SuperSpeed Golf

 

Product Ingenuity – Market Leaders

            Winner: Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver

            Other Finalists: Cobra F9 Speedback Driver; PING Glide 2.0 Wedge

 

TV Commercial

           Winner: LPGA – “The Next Wave”

Other Finalists: Callaway Golf; Grant Thornton

Van Sickle, Steinbreder, Met Golfer Lead The Way In 25th Annual ING Media Awards

Gary Van Sickle and John Steinbreder each won two categories in the 25th Annual ING Media Awards program. Results in 13 categories were announced Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show.

The International Network of Golf, a non-profit, media-based networking organization, conducts the awards program for its members. ING membership is open to anyone in the golf industry and media. A total of 51 First-Place and Outstanding Achiever awards were announced at the presentation press conference conducted in ClubING at the PGA Show. Media Awards sponsors this year were Nexbelt, Volvik, Zero Friction and PGA Golf Exhibitions.

Also at the presentation, ING members Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters were honored for their inductions into the World Golf Hall of Fame, taking place in June.

Van Sickle won with two articles that appeared in The Morning Read. One came in the Competition Writing Category with a piece titled “Tiger Lives!,” and the other in the Profile Writing Category: “The Man Who Beat Parkinson’s – With Golf.”

Steinbreder, who writes for Global Golf Post, scored in the Travel Writing category with “Continental Charm,” and in the Feature Writing Category with “Tales From The Design Trail.” Van Sickle also took home three Outstanding Achiever awards and Steinbreder one.

The Met Golfer was the leading media outlet, taking home nine awards. That total included a first place in the Publications Category, and a win by Tom Doak in the Opinion/Column Category.

Dave Lockhart of Golf360 won the TV Category, Matt Melliver of The Golf Industry Podcast won the Radio Show/Podcast Category, and Fairways Media took home top honors in a new category, Internet Video.

Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict won the Book category for their outstanding Tiger Woods book.

There were several other multiple award winners (either First Place or Outstanding Achiever). They included Bill Fields of The Met Golfer, freelancer Tony Dear, Alexander Alavoie of Chronogolf, Vic Williams of Golf Tips Magazine, broadcaster Ann Liguori, Rich Styles of The Back 9 Boys radio show, George McNeilly of Orlando Business TV, Fred Altvater of Back9 Report and freelancer Len Ziehm.

An independent panel of three judges in each category determines first-Place Winners and Outstanding Achievers. Judges use a point system with several criteria. Scoring is done by judges when possible without knowledge of the person responsible for the work, or of the other judges in the category. The number of Outstanding Achievers in a category is determined by total entries and scoring range in the category.

A category chairperson is responsible for securing the three judges. Media Awards Committee chair is Cody Law of Golf Mesquite Nevada.

For more information, visit www.inggolf.com.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AND OUTSTANDING ACHIEVERS

 

BOOK AUTHOR

1st Place: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian (“Tiger Woods”)

Outstanding Achievers: Tom Coyne (“A Course Called Scotland”); Chris Rodell (“Arnold Palmer-Homespun Stories of The King”).

 

BUSINESS WRITING

1st Place: Alexander Alavoie, Chronogolf Blog (“How to Reach Millennial Golfers”).

Outstanding Achievers: John Paul Newport, The Met Golfer (“Sticker Shock”); Gary Van Sickle, The Morning Read (“For Bridgestone, Tiger Matters”).

 

COMPETITION WRITING

1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“Tiger Lives!”)

Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Golf World UK (“What And Where Is Bellerive CC”); Len Ziehm, The Daily Herald (“Park Wins KPMG In Playoff”).

 

EQUIPMENT & APPAREL WRITING

1st Place: Vic Williams, Golf Tips Magazine (“The Complete Power Package”)

Outstanding Achievers: Tony Dear, Colorado Avid Golfer (”The Clubfitter Turned Clubmaker”); Ed Travis, The A Position (“Dangerously Wrong”); Ken Van Vechten, The Met Golfer (“The Sweetest Sound”).

 

FEATURE WRITING

1st Place: John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Tales From The Design Trail”).

Outstanding Achievers: David Barrett, The Met Golfer (“The Superintendent’s Revenge”); Hank Gola, The Met Golfer (“Mission Accomplished”); Gary Van Sickle, The Morning Read (“PGA Misses Lyle”); Len Ziehm, Chicagoland Golf (“The Healing Game”).

 

INTERNET VIDEO

1st Place: Randy Dodson, Fairways Media (“Utah Golf Reround Show-August 2018)”).

            Outstanding Achievers: Dan Higgins, Golf Channel (“Legacy Links”); George McNeilly, Orlando Business TV (“Amazing Golf Products”).

 

OPINION/EDITORIAL

1st Place: Tom Doak, The Met Golfer (“Consulting Report: Mission Impossible”).

            Outstanding Achievers: Bill Fields, Met Golfer (“Doglegs By The Dozen”); Alexander Lavoie, Chronogolf Blog (“No, Millennials Don’t Want To Play A 5-Hour Round Of Golf”); Ann Liguori, WFAN.Com (“Tradition Rich Shinnecock Should Provide Tough Test”); Len Ziehm, Chicagoland Golf (“The Big Conflict”).

 

PROFILE WRITING

            1st Place: Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“The Man Who Beat Parkinson’s-With Golf”).

Outstanding Achievers: Bill Fields, The Met Golfer (“Novel Approach“); Jon Rizzi, Colorado Avid Golfer (“Apres-Golf In Aspen”); John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Retiring Uihlein Burned A Splendid Torch”).

 

PUBLICATIONS

1st Place: The Met Golfer, April/May 2018 Issue (Jeff Neuman, Editor).

Outstanding Achievers: Colorado Avid Golfer, June Issue (Jon Rizzi, Editor); Golf Oklahoma, College Championship Preview Edition (Ken MacLeod, Publisher); Golf Tips Magazine, July/August Issue (Vic Williams, Editor); NCGA News (Adam Schupak, Editor).

 

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST

1st Place: The Golf Industry Podcast, Matt Welliver, Host (“The Ryder Cup With Paul Armitage”).

Outstanding Achievers: Talking Golf Getaways, With Mitch Laurance & Darin Bunch, GolfNewsNet.com; Talking Golf, With Ann Liguori, WFAN –NY; The ModGolf Podcast, With Colin Weston.

 

RADIO SEGMENT

1st Place: Rich Styles, Back 9 Boys, ESPN Radio (“Dr. Bob Jones 1V Interview”).

Outstanding Achiever: Fred Altvater, Back 9 Report (“Ryder Cup Preview”); Chuck Garbedian, Garbedian On Golf (“Armen Keteyian Interview”); Ann Liguori. Talking Golf With Ann Liguori (“Nancy Lopez Interview).

 

TELEVISION SHOW

1st Place: Dave Lockhart, Golf360 (“September 2018”).

Outstanding Achiever: Fred Altvater, Back9 Report (“USAGA”); Tony Leodora, The Traveling Golfer (“The Abaco Club”); George McNeilly, Orlando Business TV (“PGA Merchandise Show”).

 

TRAVEL WRITING

1st Place: John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post (“Continental Charm”).

Outstanding Achievers: Jeff Neuman, The Met Golfer (“Myrtle Beach. Seriously.”); Gary Van Sickle, Morning Read (“The Joy Of Playing Unimpeded”); Vic Williams, Golf Tips Magazine (“An Outback Original”).

 

ING Will Honor Members Jan Stephenson, Dennis Walters For Hall Of Fame Induction At PGA Show

The International Network of Golf will have a new home for this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, set for Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
ClubING is moving from 309 to 312A/B, which is part of the PGA Show Media Complex. The new ClubING features more space, and will connect to Room 312C for its awards presentations.
One of those presentations is a ceremony honoring two ING members – former LPGA star Jan Stephenson and golf trick shot performer Dennis Walters – for their upcoming induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. That will take place Wednesday at 4:45 pm during the 25th Annual ING Media Awards Presentation Press Conference.
Room 312 will also be the site for the annual PGA Show/ING Media Reception on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 pm. The reception, presented by PGA Golf Exhibitions and the ING, will feature exhibitor tables, contests, giveaways and food and beverage.
The new ClubING will have plenty of space for members and their guests to gather for meetings, networking or simply to relax. A Chippo Golf chipping contest will take place throughout the first two days of the show.
Visit Sebring, host of the 2019 ING Spring Conference May 19-23 in Central Florida, will have a display featuring a stand for photo opps, visits from the Sebring International Raceway Girls, and other surprises.
There will also be display opportunities for ING Media Outlets and sponsors.
A full schedule awaits ING members in Room 312 (see below). Both ING awards presentations – The Media Awards on Wednesday at 4:45 pm and the Industry Honors on Thursday at 12:30 – are open to all PGA Show attendees. This is the 25th year for both these awards programs.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23
• 8 am to 10 am – Coffee
• All Day – Chippo contest, Sebring Photo Stand
• 4:45 pm – 25th Annual Media Awards Presentation Press Conference
• 5 pm – Special ceremony honoring the World Golf Hall Of Fame induction of two ING members, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters
• 5:30 pm to 7 pm – PGA Show Media Reception
THURSDAY, JAN. 24
• 8 am to 10 am – Coffee
• All Day – Chippo contest, Sebring Photo Stand
• 10:30 am to Noon – Pellucid State of the Industry
• 12:30 pm to 1 pm – 25th Annual ING Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference
• 2 pm to 3:30 pm – Pellucid Presentation
• 5 pm to 6 pm – ING Happy Hour

Nexbelt, Volvik, Zero Friction, PGA Golf Exhibitions To Sponsor 25th Annual ING Media Awards

Three returning companies and one new company have signed as Support Sponsors of the 25th Annual ING Media Awards contest.

Nextbelt, PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions and Zero Friction have renewed their sponsorships from 2018. Volvik joins the list of sponsors for 2019 and will award golf balls to all winners and outstanding achievers.

The non-profit International Network of Golf conducts the contest, recognizing the best and brightest among its media members. Winners will be announced and honored at the ING Media Awards Presentation Press Conference January 23, 4:45 pm in Room 312 at the PGA Merchandise Show. The annual PGA Show Media Reception will follow in the same room.

Nexbelt is known for its innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called Precise FitTM allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion.

PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, in partnership with the PGA of America, organizes two industry business gatherings in the U.S. each year. The PGA Merchandise Show launches the New Year in golf business each January in Orlando. The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience is held in Las Vegas in August.

Volvik is dedicated to the production of specialized 3- and 4-piece multi-layer high performance golf balls for players of every skill set, featuring 58 worldwide patents. Volvik’s patented SF matte coating has led to the development of Vivid, the world’s first matte finish golf ball.

Zero Friction is known industry wide for being on the cutting edge when it comes to introducing new products to players and creative packaging for its retail partners. Zero Friction provides high-quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, including gloves, performance golf tees, balls and accessories.

This year saw a record number of entries in several categories. Of the 13 categories in the ING Media Awards, eight are for writers: Travel Writing, Business Writing, Feature Writing, Opinions/Editorials, Profile Writing, Equipment/Apparel Writing, Competition Coverage, and Books.

Other categories include Excellence in Publications, TV, Internet Video and two Radio/Podcast categories.

Judging is done by a panel of three independent experts in each category. Judges are selected by Individual Category Chairs. Where possible, by-lines and publication names are stripped from the articles before they are sent to the judges.

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Committee Chair for the ING Media Awards is Cody Law, Executive Director of Golf Mesquite Nevada.

Rules, regulations, category descriptions and entry forms can be found under Media Awards on the www.inggolf.com site. Media members can join ING and become eligible for next year’s contest by visiting www.inggolf.com and click on Membership.

ING is the golf industry’s only media-based networking organization. “ING is where media and the golf industry connect.”

The 29th Annual ING Spring Conference is scheduled for May 19-23, 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center in Sebring, Florida.

Anyone in the media or golf industry is invited to join. For more information, call 407-474-0531, or visit www.inggolf.com.

Deadline Nov. 2 For 25th Annual ING Industry Honors Nominations

All nominations for the the 24th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program must submitted by Nov. 2 in order to be eligible for this year’s contest.

The non-profit International Network of Golf conducts the contest, recognizing outstanding work and accomplishments in a dozen categories related to the golf industry.

Five of the categories fall under Product Ingenuity, consisting of various product segments and company sizes. The other categories cover TV commercials, print advertising, video and digital marketing, business achievement and player development.

Category descriptions and past winners can be found on the ING website – www.inggolf.com – under the Awards menu option. Nominations can come from anyone in the golf industry. Nominees do not have to be members of the ING.

To make a nomination, simply write a description of up to 100 words detailing why the person, product or company is worthy of consideration, and send that via email to ING Executive Director Mike Jamison (mike@jamisongolf.com) or ING Industry Honors Committee Chair Holly Geoghegan (holly@golfmarketinginc.com).

Sub-committees consisting of experts in the respective categories will review nominations and trim the list to the top three in each category, creating the Final Ballot. ING members will then vote on the Final Ballot. Nominees will be honored and winners announced at the ING Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference in January at the PGA Merchandise Show.

ING is the golf industry’s only media-based networking organization. “ING is where media and the golf industry connect.”

The 28th Annual ING Spring Conference is scheduled for May 19-23 at the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center in Sebring, FL

Anyone in the media or golf industry is invited to join. For more information, call 407-328-0500, or visit www.inggolf.com.

ING Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Media Awards With New Category

The International Network of Golf celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ING Media Awards this year with a new category and an entry deadline of October 11.

The newest category is the ING Internet Video Media Award category. This category rewards excellence in Internet Videos in which golf is the main activity depicted or discussed. Videos must be at least 3 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes in length. Videos must be content-driven, and must have appeared on a recognized Internet site or channel. Marketing Videos are not acceptable for this category.

All entries into the 25th Annual ING Media Awards must be postmarked by October 11 in order to be eligible for this year’s contest.

The non-profit International Network of Golf conducts the contest, recognizing the best and brightest among its media members. You can join ING and become eligible for the contest by visiting www.inggolf.com and click on Membership.

Anyone who joins before this Media Awards deadline will be eligible for this year and next year’s media awards program. There is also an option of joining at a discount just for the remainder of this year for eligibility in this year’s awards program.

Of the categories in the ING Media Awards, eight are for writers, including Feature Writing. That category is for stories that do not fit into any of the remaining writing categories: Travel Writing, Business Writing, Opinions/Editorials, Profile Writing, Equipment/Apparel Writing, Competition Coverage, and Books.

Other categories include, Excellence in Publications, TV Shows, Radio/Podcast (two categories) and the new Internet Video category.

Judging is done by a panel of three independent experts in each category. Judges are selected by Individual Category Chairs. Where possible, by-lines and publication names are stripped from the articles before they are sent to the judges.

Winners will be announced and honored at the ING Media Awards Presentation Press Conference in January at the PGA Merchandise Show.

Rules, regulations, category descriptions, entry forms and past winners can be found under Awards on the www.inggolf.com site.

ING is the golf industry’s only media-based networking organization. “ING is where media and the golf industry connect.”

The 29th Annual ING Spring Conference is scheduled for May 19-23 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center in Sebring, FL.

Anyone in the media or golf industry is invited to join. For more information, call 407-328-0500, or visit www.inggolf.com.

29th Annual ING SprING Conference HeadING For SebrING Florida In May

The 29th Annual ING Spring Conference is headed to the land of racecars, orange groves and hidden gem golf courses next May.

Casey Hartt, marketing consultant for Visit Sebring, announced that this annual gathering of media and golf industry executives is set for May 19-23, 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida. The announcement was made at the 28th edition of the ING Spring Conference on May 22 at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, MS.

The non-profit, media-based International Network of Golf conducts the conference, which features product testing, educational workshops, golf tournaments and numerous networking sessions.

“We are thrilled that ING has selected Sebring as the Spring Conference location for May 2019,” said Hartt.  “We look forward to hosting golf media and golf industry representatives from across the U.S. at the home of the Citrus Golf Trail.”

Sebring, Florida is mainly known as the home of the oldest and most famous road-racing course in America, Sebring International Speedway. Every March since 1951 the best drivers in the world have gathered there for the 12 Hours Of Sebring, an endurance race second only to Lemans in worldwide prestige.

There is more to Sebring than racing, however. Attendees will have the pleasure of exploring an area that is reminiscent of pre-Disney Florida – lots of history among the citrus groves. The site is about an hour south of Disney, and 90 minutes from the east and west coasts of Florida.

“The ING attendees who have yet to visit the Sebring area will be pleasantly surprised by what they see,” said ING Executive Director Mike Jamison. “I know I was. This region of Florida provides a beautiful stroll through history – pre-Disney. The golf courses are set among Orange groves and stately stands of trees and natural landscape. And the folks who live and work in the region are warm and welcoming. Sebring will prove to be a diverse and memorable host.”

Activities abound. You’ll find nearly 100 crystal clear lakes for fishing and boating, one of Florida’s oldest state parks, and a reminder of why everyone loves authentic Florida. The gently rolling hills, orange groves and charming small towns make this a relaxing country getaway with a convenient, central location.

There are also a dozen outstanding golf courses in the Sebring area, home of the Citrus Golf Trail. ING members will experience two of the top courses. Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club will host the Demo Lab and first day of golf tournaments on Monday, and Highlands Ridge North will host the Durland Cup on Wednesday.

Sun ‘N Lake features 36 holes of diverse championship golf featuring the work of designers Don Dyer and Charles Ankrom. It has hosted on a regular basis events from the Canadian and Latinoamerica PGA Tours. Highlands Ridge North was designed by world-renowned architect Dave Harman who patterned it after Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand, which was recognized as Golf Digest’s Best New International Course of 2001.

Maneuver the legendary hairpin turn at Sebring International Raceway and you’ll find the Château Élan Hotel & Conference Center. With trackside viewing and golf packages, this hotel and spa is the perfect place for a vacation or conference. The Hairpin Lounge off the hotel lobby will provide a comfortable nightly gathering spot for ClubING.

This will be the seventh ING Spring Conference to be conducted in the state of Florida.

For its 29th Annual Conference, ING is planning an extensive schedule, including the ever-popular One-On-One Appointment Show, the Demo Lab, golf tournaments and all the educational and networking sessions ING is known for.

ING SprING Conference Kicks Off Sunday At IP Casino Resort Spa In Biloxi

Dozens of golf industry companies and organizations will join golf writers, editors and broadcasters this Sunday through Wednesday for the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, MS.

The non-profit International Network of Golf, the industry’s only media-based networking organization, conducts this annual gathering of media and golf companies and leaders. ING is “where the media and golf industry connect.”

The ING Spring Conference schedule is packed with networking, educational and golf events designed to help all attendees enhance their standing in the golf industry. Media will get a close-up look at the latest golf products and services, and relationships will be created and enhanced.

A full schedule awaits attendees. Highlights include:

  • APPOINTMENT SHOW: The ING One-On-One Appointment Show was created to place an emphasis on business relations between the media and golf companies, resorts, destinations and entrepreneurs. Participating companies set up tabletop displays and conduct private meetings held every 15 minutes. Media members use the time to gather story material, do interviews and nurture relationships.
  • DEMO LAB: The ING Demo Lab will take place on Monday morning at Shell Landing Golf Club. Companies with golf equipment and training aids set up on the range and putting green where attendees try the products first hand.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include Marketing & PR, Social Media Marketing and more. Also, ING TALKS, structured like Ted Talks, returns.
  • GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. The top five finishers in this individual stroke play net competition will earn complimentary entry and accommodations in the World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Championship Aug. 2-4 at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS. In recent years, ING Qualifiers John Duval and Jim Smith have won their flights in the National Championship and went on to represent the USA in the World Championship.

Also on Monday, the second annual ING Adaptive Golf Cup Challenge returns with a four-player team from ING taking on a four-player team from the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance. Also, the 11th Annual Durland Cup team scramble will take place The Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday.

  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Major sponsor for this year’s conference include CHASE54 apparel, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Visit Sebring and the host hotel, the IP.

Bridgestone, Three Others Commit As Exhibitors For ING SprING Conference

Four more companies have committed to exhibit in the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference May 20-23 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS.

The non-profit International Network of Golf, the industry’s only media-based networking organization, conducts this annual gathering of media and golf companies and leaders. ING is “where the media and golf industry connect.”

Anyone in the golf industry and media is invited to join ING and attend the conference. Call 407-328-0500 for details.

BRIDGESTONE GOLF – Bridgestone has always been guided by the philosophy to “Serve Society with Superior Quality.” The pursuit of superior quality has resulted in Bridgestone becoming the global market leader in the rubber industry and in polymer science technologies. Along with technical developments in tire technology came breakthroughs in golf ball technology that have led Bridgestone to be the number one golf ball producer in Japan, and the No. 1 golf ball fitter in the industry. Design and production of golf clubs followed in 1972 with the same passion for excellence propelling Bridgestone to a leadership position in the current marketplace.

GLOVERIDE™ attaches to your golf bag and becomes a permanent residence for one or more of your golf gloves. Let your gloves hang here during and especially between rounds so they can stay shaped properly while drying. This will extend the life of your glove. Plus you will never again have to search through your bag just to find your glove all crumpled up and misshaped. The GloveRide also includes a poker chip ball marker. For orders of 20 pieces or more we will customize the poker chip with your logo. When customized with your logo they make perfect membership and/or tee gifts. Proudly made in the United States.

PYRAMID PUTTERS feature Pyramid© grooves on the leading edge that help center the ball on the sweet spot of the putter face. The grooves that make up the pyramid create a visual tracking line directly to the target. When the ball is struck in the sweet spot of the putter face, the horizontal-milled grooves provide the ball with topspin, preventing the ball from skidding or bouncing off the line, and tracking toward the target. The Precision Grooved Face© of the Pyramid Putter consists of the horizontal sweet spot milling described above. The tow and heel are diagonally milled so the same result is achieved on off-center hits. The putters are available in a blade or mallet style and are priced at $279.95.

SHELL LANDING GOLF CLUB – The 18-hole Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Mississippi is a public golf course designed by Davis Love III that opened in 2000. The course uses diverse topography and natural beauty. Tall pines, marshes, bayous and wetlands combine with rolling hills to frame a truly unique layout. Because of its various slopes, bunkers, doglegs, water hazards, and sand traps, this top-ranked, championship course offers challenges for even the most seasoned golfers.

The ING Spring Conference schedule is packed with networking, educational and golf events designed to help all attendees enhance their standing in the golf industry. Highlights include:

  • APPOINTMENT SHOW: The ING One-On-One Appointment Show was created to place an emphasis on business relations between the media and golf companies, resorts, destinations and entrepreneurs. Participating companies set up tabletop displays and conduct private meetings held every 15 minutes. Media members use the time to gather story material, do interviews and nurture relationships.
  • DEMO LAB: The ING Demo Lab will take place on Monday morning at Shell Landing Golf Club. Companies with golf equipment and training aids set up on the range and putting green where attendees try the products first hand.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include Marketing & PR, Social Media Marketing and more. Also, ING TALKS, structured like Ted Talks, returns.
  • GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. The top five finishers in this individual stroke play net competition will earn complimentary entry and accommodations in the World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Championship Aug. 2-4 at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS. In recent years, ING Qualifiers John Duval and Jim Smith have won their flights in the National Championship and went on to represent the USA in the World Championship.

Also on Monday, the second annual ING Adaptive Golf Cup Challenge returns with an eight-player team from ING taking on an eight-player team from the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance.

Also, the 11th Annual Durland Cup team scramble will take place The Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday.

  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception and the Tuesday Night Banquet.
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