Short game guru Dave Pelz will be the keynote speaker at the 27th Annual ING Spring Conference, scheduled for May 21-25 at the World Golf Village and Hall Of Fame Museum.

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.”dp_headshot_kil004

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

As golf’s foremost authority on the short game and putting, Dave Pelz has committed his working life to research and teaching, to help golfers worldwide lower their scores. With his uniquely analytical approach to the game, the former NASA scientist has proven that improving skills within 100 yards of the hole is the fastest route to lowering handicaps and has designed instruction to teach those shots properly.

Ten of Pelz’s professional students (including five-time major winner Phil Mickelson) have won a total of 20 major championships. Thousands of amateurs attend the popular Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools and clinics with Pelz’s teaching staff each year.

scoring game school logo copyPelz was a staple on The Golf Channel television network for more than a decade. He is the author of seven instructional books (including a New York Times bestseller) as well as regular monthly articles in GOLF Magazine (more than 275 articles, including 21 cover stories).

Pelz tirelessly studies the game to help golfers use practical techniques to shoot lower scores. His current project is a breakthrough system for Green Reading. Pelz also coaches three top players on the PGA Tour and serves as brand ambassador for Cleveland Golf and Srixon Golf.

Also on the ING Spring Conference schedule:

DEMO LAB: Companies with golf clubs, putters, training aids and instructional programs, including, Dave Pelz, get space onDemo-Bridge-TV the range and putting green to display product. Attendees, including dozens of golf writers, broadcasters and editors from media outlets across America come through the Lab to capture first-hand knowledge of the equipment. There is also a skills challenge during the Tuesday morning session.

ONE ON ONE APPOINTMENT SHOW: The most popular element of the conference year in and year out, this tabletop show is where exhibitors conduct a series of 15-minute meetings with media members and attendees of their choice.

  • EDUCATION: The theme of this year’s educational seminars and workshops is “Golf: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” Sessions include Marketing & PR, Social Media Marketing, and Golf In The Future.
  • GOLF: The WAGT National Qualifier on the Slammer & Squire course at the World Golf Village. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights will earn complimentary entry and WGAT Winnersaccommodations in the World Amateur Golfers Tour National Championship Aug. 3-5 at ChampionsGate Resort in Kissimmee, FL.

One of the five ING qualifiers in 2016, Jim Smith, won his flight in the National Championship and went on to represent the USA in the World Championship in South Africa, expenses paid, where he finished third.

Also, the 10th Annual Durland Cup team scramble will take place on the Slammer & Squire on Wednesday.

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