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.

Two Social Media MarketING Workshops Scheduled For ING SprING Conference

Are you getting the most out of your Social Media marketing efforts? If you’re not sure, you should attend the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference May 20-23 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS.

Various aspects of the ever-changing Social Media marketing world will be the focus of several educational sessions at this annual gathering of media and golf companies and leaders. The non-profit International Network of Golf, the industry’s only media-based networking organization, conducts the conference.

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

Included in the various Social Media marketing sessions are back-to-back workshops on Wednesday morning of the conference. Steve Ryan of RyTech, LLC, will lead a discussion on understanding online search results, and Adrienn Wiebe of The Focus Group will head a discussion on Social Media advertising. Following is a description of the two workshops and their leaders.

No. 1: Why Can No One Find Me? Understanding Online Search Results

Search continues to be the number one driver of traffic to a website and putting your best foot forward is an important need for any business to understand and leverage. In this session we’ll discuss the different ways to attract traffic to your website, what factors contribute to overall ranking and search volume, and what can be done to achieve more traffic with increased conversions.

Presenter Steve Ryan is the Founder & CEO of RyTech, LLC, a digital marketing firm with offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington, D.C. RyTech offers customized digital marketing solutions with emphasis on social media marketing, search engine marketing, and website development working with a wide array of clients. Steve holds degrees from Marquette University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

No. 2: Social Media Advertising: What You Need to Know to Run a Hole in One Campaign 

Selecting the right tools to advertise to your audience on social media is like selecting the right club for your approach shot. This session will show you how to identify the right tools for the right audience to improve your reach, find new business opportunities, and grow your brand online. We’ll discuss advertising platforms including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the powerful tools available to you.

Presenter Adrienn Wiebe has over seven years experience working with agencies and businesses in the digital marketing realm, specializing in audience targeting, social media advertising, and digital media communications. She recently joined The Focus Group as the Digital Marketing Manager. She is originally from Budapest, Hungary and earned her Bachelors Degree in History from Florida Gulf Coast University.

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.
  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception and the Tuesday Night Banquet.
  • GOLF: Several golf competitions for the casual and serious players will be conducted, including the WAGC National Qualifier.

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

Five Golfers At ING SprING Conference Will Qualify For WAGC National Championship

Five golfers who compete at the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference will have the opportunity to play their way into an all-expenses-paid trip to Malaysia to represent the USA in the World Amateur Golfers Championship this coming November.

The WAGC-USA National Qualifier is one of several highlights on the schedule at the ING Spring Conference, set for 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.

The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday May 21 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 WAGC 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 gone on to represent the USA in the World Championship.

The World Amateur Golfers Championship  (WAGC) was founded in 1995 by Sven Tumba, a prominent sportsman, representing Sweden in ice hockey, soccer and golf. Annika Sorenstam is the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board, and Jesper Parnevik has taken over Arnold Palmer’s position as Patron.

The WGC gives the amateur golfer an opportunity to compete in a “ professional “ atmosphere with other golfers from 44 countries. Competition is offered in flights at 5 different levels 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21-25.

In the U.S. the competition is organized by World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA, Inc., headed by Anders Bengston. Competitions are held throughout the year across the country, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the USA Championship and eventually earning a spot on Team USA.

There will be other golf competitions at ING, including the 11th Annual Durland Cup Team Scramble.

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

Three More Companies Commit As Exhibitors For ING SprING Conference

Three 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.

EDUKAYTION GOLF, established in 2002, is a premier golf instruction company and the home of Golf 8.5 – a new generation of learning. Kay McMahon, Director of Instruction, created Golf 8.5, a simplistic approach to golf instruction, disrupting traditional teaching and easing the confusion that golf is difficult to learn. McMahon and partner Eloise Trainor teach Golf 8.5, only 4 things to do before the swing and only 4.5 things in the swing, to counter the myriad of thoughts planted in people’s minds, making golf easy and quicker to learn and improve. McMahon and Golf 8.5 won the 2015 ING Industry Honor for player development. www.edukaytiongolf.com.

INPUTT, a simple to use portable patent-pending putting training tool guides a golfer’s body to replicate the same stance and stroke on every putt.  INPUTT helps a golfer identify and correct mistakes by teaching an easily repeatable putting stroke.   The simple plastic mold is set up on the practice putting green and allows golfers to practice keeping the putter head square through the stroke.  Results are immediate.  INPUTT is handcrafted in the USA and designed for both right and left-handed golfers. www.inputtgolf.com.

KNUTH GOLF added to its reputation of bringing cutting edge technology to the market by introducing the High Heat 257+ metalwoods at the PGA Merchandise Show in January. The High Heat 257+ technology is a result of a rule change two years ago that allows more trampoline effect in the toe and heel areas of the clubface. High Heat 257+ with its novel 3-trampoline technology is the only brand with the highest CT (characteristic time) in the toe and heel areas for providing the same distance as the center of the face permitted by the rule change. “The ball comes off so hot no matter where you hit it on the face,” said Gary Van Sickle of the Morning Read. www.knuthgolf.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. 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, 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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