The Dennis Walters Golf Show will be part of the schedule of the 25th Anniversary ING Spring Conference, scheduled for May 31-June 3 at beautiful and historic Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL.
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 issue of growing the game of golf. That’s certainly something that Dennis Walters knows about.
Walters was an aspiring golf professional preparing for the PGA Tour Qualifying School when a golf cart accident in 1974 left him paralyzed from the waist down. Three years later after being told he would never walk or play golf again, Walters conducted his first amazing “trick shot” exhibition from a special swivel seat on the back of a golf cart.
Since that time he has entertained wide-eyed audiences at over 3,000 shows, all with the help of his able assistant, a rescued dog, the latest named Bucky.
His sister, Barbara, writes: “Dennis is the pioneer and trailblazer in the development of a method that has allowed thousands of disabled golfers to play (this game). He has championed the cause of golf as both a physical and mental tool for rehabilitation.”
To the millions of potential golfers in the world who struggle with disabilities, Walters has one message – that golf can become a positive part of their daily lives. “Never give up. Never ever give up,’ Walters says.
The ING Conference’s presenting sponsor this year is Freedom Golf Association. FGA is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf.
The Dennis Walters Golf Show will kick off the Demo Lab on Tuesday, June 2 at Mission Inn. He will also be at the 25th Anniversary Reunion Awards Dinner that night, to present the Dennis Walters ING Courage Award to this year’s recipient. ING presented Walters with the courage award in 1994, and then named the award in his honor. It goes to an individual who has overcome great odds to contribute to the game of golf.
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, 20-minute private meetings with media and attendees of their choice;
• The Demo Lab, where manufacturers 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 25th Anniversary Reunion Dinner. Former ING members are invited to attend the Tuesday night awards dinner and play in the Durland Cup on Wednesday morning. Among the awards being presented at the dinner is the Dennis Walters Courage Award, presented to someone who has overcome great odds to contribute to the game of golf.
• The WAGT National Qualifier. 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 Sept. 24-26 at Shawnee Inn & Resort.
• Plus, the many networking sessions that ING is famous for.