A free trip through the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum, educational seminars featuring guest speakers Steve Mona and Dave Pelz, product testing in the Demo Lab, private meetings in the One-On-One Appointment Show and two golf tournaments are just some of the things awaiting attendees at the 27th Annual ING Spring Conference.pelz_p_03_v3

But in order to secure current pricing, attendees and exhibitors must register by this Friday, April 21 for the May 21-24 conference at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.

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 will accept entries right up to the beginning of the conference, but pricing rises dramatically for those who do not register by April. 21. That is also the deadline to secure special accommodations prices at the host hotel, the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort.jaxbr_phototour23

The ING Conference schedule if full of activities, many of which are focused on developing and nurturing relationships. The schedule includes:

  • 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: 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. Guest speakers include short-game guru Dave Pelz and World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. New this year is the ING Talks concept, a series of presentations based on the TED Talks that are designed to give attendees tips and information they can use in their own careers.Slammer & Squire #18
  • 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 accommodations in the World Amateur Golfers Tour National Championship in August at ChampionsGate Resort.

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 in the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum, and the Tuesday Night Banquet.