Learn How To Market To Various Generations At 29th Annual ING SprING Conference

Golf is a game for all ages. That’s the good news. Kids can start playing at around five years of age, and 90 years later still be chasing the dimpled sphere down the fairway.

The bad news? Delivering a marketing message to such a wide range of ages can be a difficult challenge for golf companies large and small.

Attendees at the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference in Sebring, FL, this May will learn how to tackle that challenge in one of three ING University sessions, entitled “Trends In Generational Marketing.”

The conference is set for May 19-23, 2019 at the SEVEN Sebring Raceway Hotel, formerly the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida.

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 407-474-0531 for details.

The ING University session on Generational Marketing will take place on Wednesday afternoon, May 22 at the conference host SEVEN Sebring Raceway Hotel. It is one of three educational sessions planned for that day.

Jacob Pewitt Yancey will lead the session. He serves as the Director of Consumer Insights & Analytics for VISIT FLORIDA, heading up the state marketing arm’s research team. The research team is responsible for producing quarterly estimates of the number of visitors to Florida, evaluations of the effectiveness of VISIT FLORIDA’s marketing, and consumer insights used in planning the company’s marketing strategy.

An economist by training, Jacob has spent most of his career working in and around state government. Most recently he served as the Director of the Office of Research and Planning for CFOs Jimmy Patronis and Jeff Atwater. When he’s not doing research, you can find him petting one of his five cats or backpacking in the mountains of Colorado.

Jacob will take a deep dive into what data shows about the differences between generations of golfers and how to market to them most effectively. His talk will be full of practical tips based on golfers’ attitudes and behaviors that will help you understand how to position your business to be appealing, and what channels to use to reach them.

The ING Spring Conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events:

  • ING One-On-One Appointment Show: This is a series of 15-minute, private meetings between exhibitors and attendees.
  • ING Demo Lab: Attendees test the latest equipment, training aids and instructional tips on the range and putting green.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include an Entrepreneurs Panel, Generational Marketing, Social Media Marketing and more.
  • GOLF: Various golf tournaments will be conducted, both in team and individual formats. Included is a local qualifier for the U.S. Golf Challenge National Championship.
  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception at Rafter T Ranch and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Plus, at this year’s conference there will be an extended stay program on Thursday May 23, with golf, attraction tours and drag racing at the famed Sebring International Raceway.

Tom Mirus To Receive ING Dennis Walters Courage Award At The ING SprING Conference

Tom Mirus, who for over 20 years has volunteered to assist the United States Blind Golf Association in various capacities, has been named recipient of the ING’s Dennis Walters Courage Award.

The presentation will be made at the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference, set for May 19-23, 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida.

The Dennis Walters Courage Award goes to an individual who has overcome great odds to play, and contribute to, the game of golf. It is presented by the non-profit International Network of Golf, where media and the golf industry connect.

The award is named after Dennis Walters, a professional golfer paralyzed from the waist down after a golf cart accident who has since become one of the leading trick shot performers in golf. Walters plans on attending the ING Spring Conference to present the award to Mirus at the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Mirus is the only known vision impaired / legally blind golfer to earn a PGA card. He was born with cataracts in both of his eyes, yet in his prime posted a 4 handicap. He received a scholarship to play golf at Murray State University in Kentucky, and went on to compete in NCAA sanctioned tournaments and serve as golf professional at numerous prestigious clubs.

Mirus, who is the Director of the highly successful Golfweek Amateur Golf Tour in Orlando, has served as the Senior Rules Officials of the USBGA since 1998. He also serves as the USBGA Director of Education, and conducts seminars for fellow PGA/LPGA professionals about teaching and coaching blind golfers. He also directs several tournaments for blind golfers around the country. He is a special volunteer who brings a professional touch to the organization and exemplifies the designation “friend of the USBGA and blind golf”.

The ING Spring Conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events:

  • ING One-On-One Appointment Show: This is a series of 15-minute, private meetings between exhibitors and attendees.
  • ING Demo Lab: Attendees test the latest equipment, training aids and instructional tips on the range and putting green.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include the Entrepreneurs Panel, Generational Marketing, Social Media Marketing and more.
  • GOLF: Various golf tournaments will be conducted, both in team and individual formats.
  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception at Rafter T Ranch and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Plus, at this year’s conference there will be an extended stay program on Thursday May 23, with golf, attraction tours and drag racing at the famed Sebring International Raceway.

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

ING Introduces The Jan Stephenson Entrepreneur Award, To Be Given At ING Conference

The International Network of Golf has created the ING Jan Stephenson Entrepreneur Award, recognizing outstanding business achievement in the golf industry.

The award periodically will go to “a person who has utilized innovative and leadership abilities while developing an idea into a successful venture in the golf industry.”

And the first recipient will be the award’s namesake, 2019 World Golf Hall Of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson. She will be recognized at the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference, set for May 19-23, 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida.

Stephenson will enter the Word Golf Hall of Fame this June thanks to a playing career that produced 41 worldwide victories, 16 LPGA Tour wins, three major championships including the 1983 U.S. Open Championship, and 10 LPGA Legends Tour victories. She joins fellow ING Member Dennis Walters, Retief Goosen, Peggy Kirk Bell and Billy Payne as the newest inductees.

Her ventures in the golf industry carry Hall of Fame credentials as well. They include:

  • Jan Stephenson Wines. Her award-winning lineup includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Jan’s Reserve.
  • Golf course design – Generally acknowledged as the first woman pro to turn her hand to architecture, Stephenson interned with Pete and Alice Dye before striking out on her own as an architect. Working with their son Perry Dye, Stephenson designed Walkabout Golf Club in Mims, FL.
  • Golf course ownership – With partners Mike and Diane Vandiver, Stephenson took over a struggling Tarpon Woods Golf Club in East Lake, FL. They have refurbished the popular track and turned it into a Purple Heart course, one of five in the country. The support staff is comprised entirely of military veterans, and caters to that segment of the golfing population.
  • Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation. Says Jan, “I started Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation to provide assistance and emotional healing to those who protect our freedoms every day. I have come to deeply appreciate the extraordinary gift of freedom the United States Military provides to this great country and to the world.” The foundation has been recognized as a partner organization by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.
  • Jan Stephenson Silver Rum. This is a premium White Rum made with green sugarcane and high quality molasses and artfully proofed with Artesian well water.

The ING Spring Conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events:

  • ING One-On-One Appointment Show: This is a series of 15-minute, private meetings between exhibitors and attendees.
  • ING Demo Lab: Attendees test the latest equipment, training aids and instructional tips on the range and putting green.
  • EDUCATION: Sessions include the Entrepreneurs Panel, Generational Marketing, Social Media Marketing and more.
  • GOLF: Various golf tournaments will be conducted, both in team and individual formats.
  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception at Rafter T Ranch and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Plus, at this year’s conference there will be an extended stay program on Thursday May 23, with golf, attraction tours and drag racing at the famed Sebring International Raceway.

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

One-On-One Appointment Show Is NetworkING At Its Best At ING SprING Conference

At most conferences where networking is the ultimate goal, attendees are brought together in one room and left on their own to meet and exchange business cards.

The One-On-One Appointment Show at the ING Spring Conference takes it a step further, arranging a series of 15-minute, pre-scheduled meetings between people who can help each other grow in the golf industry.

The One-On-One Appointment Show will be one of the highlights at the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference, set for May 19-23, 2019 at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida.

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 407-474-0531 for details.

Nearly everyone at the conference can benefit from participation in the ING One-On-One Appointment Show, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at this year’s conference. It 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, for nearly six hours.

The exhibitor and the visiting media member or business attendee share the time, with the goal being to create win-win programs. At the very least, a business relationship is established or nurtured.

It is also a perfect time for writers to gather story material and TV/Radio broadcasters to do interviews. Several golf TV and radio shows will take part in Media Row during the Appointment Show. Each show will set up an interview area, and exhibitors will be brought to the table to do recorded radio or TV interviews for future airings.

The ING staff gathers all meeting requests ahead of the conference and makes appropriate matches for the appointments. The entire schedule is determined and published prior to the show to allow for adequate planning time.

Another key element of the conference for exhibiting companies is the Demo Lab on Tuesday morning at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club. Companies with golf equipment and training aids set up on the range and putting green where attendees try the products first hand.

The conference will feature a full schedule of networking and educational events, along with the Appointment Show and Demo Lab:

  • EDUCATION: Sessions include the Entrepreneurs Panel, Generational Marketing, Social Media Marketing and more.
  • GOLF: Various golf tournaments will be conducted, both in team and individual formats.
  • NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception at Rafter T Ranch and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

Plus, at this year’s conference there will be a extended stay program on Thursday May 23, with golf, attraction tours and drag racing at the famed Sebring International Raceway.

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

ABOUT ING

The International Network of Golf has been networking the golf industry since 1990. Anyone in the golf industry or media, at any level, can benefit from being a member of ING. We all have our roles in the golf industry, but we come together under the ING umbrella to help each other grow our businesses and careers.

Along with the Spring Conference, ING also offers the ING Hospitality Room at the PGA Merchandise Show for its members, and conducts the annual ING Media Awards and the ING Industry Honors programs. www.inggolf.com.

Extend Your Stay At ING SprING Conference

Rev your engines for trackside fun after the 29th Annual ING Spring Conference. For ING conference attendees who want to add more ‘ING’ to their “Sebr-ING” visit, you won’t want to miss the special Drag Racing event at Sebring International Raceway scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 23.

The ING Spring Conference will take place May 19-23 at the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center in Sebring. The hotel overlooks the world-famous Sebring International Speedway, and attendees who extend their hotel stay until Friday (May 24) will have the opportunity to experience drag racing (even drag race a vehicle themselves) at the renowned speedway on Thursday night.

“Our area has so much to offer, along with the outstanding golf they will experience during their stay,” said Casey Hartt, who oversees marketing for Visit Sebring. “The area offers a variety of nature, agritourism, art, culture and water-based activities and attractions.”

Along with participating in or watching the drag racing Thursday night at Sebring International Raceway, attendees who extend their stay have several choices to fill their day on Thursday:

  • Golf at one of the courses not utilized during the conference
  • Trophy bass fishing
  • Airboat ride along Arbuckle Creek
  • Visit to Highlands Hammock State Park
  • Sugar Sand Distillery
  • Henscratch Farms Winery & Vineyard
  • Maxwell Groves
  • Archbold Biological Station
  • Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works
  • Lake Placid Murals.

When making travel plans for the ING Spring Conference, be sure to extend your stay until Friday so you don’t miss the fun and excitement of an extra day in Sebring, Florida’s off-the-beaten path destination. Details on planning your Thursday activities will follow as we draw nearer to the conference.

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.

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