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.

Four More Companies 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.

CLEVELAND/SRIXON/XXIO – Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO are all part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and each brand enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. Srixon, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls and clubs. Cleveland Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading equipment manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. XXIO, with their long-standing tradition of premium golf clubs in Japan, brings the #1 golf brand in Japan to America.

MLA GOLF – With its pioneering Multiple Line-detector Activation (MLA) alignment technology, MLA Golf Putters have been designed initially in Sweden using leading academic research. Whatever your playing level is, with MLA Golf, you’ll have everything you need to reach success on even the most demanding courses. The breakthrough MLA Aim Technology, and the research that goes into their clubs, make the green more accessible with every swing and every putt. It’s no wonder that more and more acclaimed golfers across the world are switching to MLA Golf and feeling the difference for themselves.

PGA GOLF EXHIBITIONS – In partnership with the PGA of America, PGA Golf Exhibitions organizes two important industry business gatherings in the U.S. each year.  The PGA Merchandise Show, held each January in Orlando, hosts some 43,000 industry professionals and more than 1,000 golf-related companies and brands participating in product exhibitions, demonstrations, educational seminars and special events. The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas in August features an upscale presentation of golf fashion, equipment and technology merchandise, testing of the newest equipment, training aids and accessories, plus a full education conference and numerous industry networking events.

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.

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.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-328-0500.

Gary Smith Will Share How Golf Has Helped With Parkinson’s Disease As Guest Speaker At ING SprING Conference

Gary Smith is a walking testament to the physical and mental health benefits of playing golf, but his story goes well beyond the norm. And attendees at the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference will get to hear his story first-hand.

Smith will be a guest-speaker at this annual gathering of media and golf industry executives and companies, scheduled for May 20-23 at the IP Resort Casino Spa in Biloxi, MS.

Anyone in the media and golf industry is invited to attend the conference, conducted by the non-profit International Network of Golf. Register for the conference by calling 407-328-0500 or visiting www.inggolf.com.

Throughout most of his life Smith was an active athlete, playing basketball and baseball in high school and college. He remained active while building a counseling business that ran a 24-hour crisis hotline with seven employees. He was a skydiver for 20 years and para-glided off a 3,800-foot cliff in New Zealand. He was a surfer in his fifties and ran a marathon on his 55th birthday. He also played recreational golf.

Then in 2008 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and gradually spiraled downward both physically and mentally. He retired from his second career as a loan office in Naperville, IL, in 2014 and decided that he would start playing more golf. Little did he know that the decision to spend more time on the links would change his life.

He became obsessed with the game and hits balls every day – up to 1,000 balls a week – at Topgolf, which gave him a free membership. The result? His neurologist confirms that he has returned to pre-Parkinson’s conditions. And, by the way, his handicap has dropped from 25 to 10.

Smith, married and the father of three, will share his story to the ING attendees. In his words, he will explain how “golf is the best Par-scription to Parkinson’s.” His story was recently featured on Golf Channel.

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. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights 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, 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.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-328-0500.

Current PricING Deadline Is Monday April 23 For ING SprING Conference

The 28th Annual ING Spring Conference is golf’s only media-based networking conference, a true one-of-a-kind event in the golf industry. Private meetings in the One-On-One Appointment Show, a product demo day, educational seminars, golf tournaments and beneficial networking sessions featuring dozens of golf media and industry executives are all on the schedule.

And anyone in the media and golf industry is invited to attend. But in order to take advantage of reduced pricing, entries must be received by Monday, April 23 in the ING office.

The non-profit International Network of Golf conducts this annual gathering of media and golf industry executives, scheduled for May 20-23 at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, MS.

Register for the conference by April 23 by calling 407-328-0500 or visiting www.inggolf.com.

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 with four sessions.
  • GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights 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, 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.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-328-0500.

PayING It Forward NetworkING Concept Returns To ING SprING Conference

The ING networking concept, PayING It Forward, returns for 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. Registration deadline is April 21. Hotel registration deadline is April. 27.

While PayING It Forward is structured to promote relationship building, it goes well beyond that by encouraging the creation of instant beneficial programs between attendees who have not worked together in the past.

The PayING It Forward program will kick off on opening night of the ING Conference, when attendees will be asked to link up with someone they have yet to work with. Following a discussion of their businesses and objectives, the attendees will create a plan to assist their new contact without expectation of reciprocation.

Attendees will be asked to share their plans with the ING staff prior to the conclusion of the conference, and then report back to ING once the plan has been facilitated.

“In today’s challenging business climate, it is more important than ever for individuals and companies to cooperate in a mutually beneficial way,” said ING Executive Director Mike Jamison. “That has always been the true essence of ING, and the PayING It Forward program will strengthen our objective of helping each other grow our businesses and careers.”

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 with four sessions.
  • GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights 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, 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.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-328-0500.

Speakers Announced For Unique ING Talks Concept At SprING Conference

The International Network of Golf has chosen four presenters for its unique speaking concept called ING Talks at its 28th Annual ING Spring Conference May 20-23 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS.

The ING Spring Conference is the annual gathering of golf media and industry executives, and is conducted by the non-profit, media-based International Network of Golf. Anyone in the golf industry or media is eligible to attend.

ING Talks is structured similarly to TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. But ING Talks has a narrower focus on subject matter. The objective is to provide conference attendees (media and industry leaders) with helpful information they can utilize in their own businesses and careers.

That is the true essence of ING, whose members come together to help each other flourish in the golf industry. ING is about information sharing, education, product exposure and relationship building.

The ING reviewed all the proposals that came in and determined the following subjects for ING Talks at the conference:

Topic:  Do We Really Consider Time When Making Operational Decisions? – Mike Hendrix, VP, GolfNow Business Services/Golf Channel.This talk will focus on the decision processes we use to determine what we will spend our time on each day and the opportunity before us to use a new approach that will align with the unique business model each of our organizations operates by.

Topic – The State of Print / Digital Media in the U.S – Timothy R. Branco, President, New England DOT Media.Subject matter will bring to light a better understanding of various media models in today’s marketplace. Items include industry trends, print relevance, digital relevance and best case practices.

Topic: Breaking Into The Golf Business – Joseph Jung, golf industry sales veteran – This topic will offer advice on how companies of all types and sizes can survive in the golf industry.

Topic: Building a True Community for Your Brand – Rob Camper, CEO, Corridor Brand Group When you see yourself as a community leader for your audience (customers), instead of a profit margin manager, the former replaces the need for the latter.

Along with the new ING Talks concept, the conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events, including the popular One-On-One Appointment Show, where exhibitors conduct a series of 15-minute meetings with media members and attendees of their choice. Also on the schedule:

  • DEMO LAB: This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to test the latest golf equipment and training aids on the practice range and green.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include Marketing & PR, Social Media Marketing and more.
  • GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights 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, 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.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit www.inggolf.com, or call 407-328-0500.

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