Five golfers will have the chance to play their way into the 2017 World Amateur Golfers Tour Championship National Finals when they compete at the 27th Annual ING Spring Conference May 21-25 at the World Golf Village.Slammer & Squire #18

The WAGT National Qualifier will be conducted on Monday, May 22 on the Slammer & Squire golf course at the World Golf Village.

This annual gathering of media and golf industry executives is conducted by the non-profit, media-based International Network of Golf, and is open to anyone in the golf industry or media.

The WAGT National Qualifier is sanctioned by the World Amateur Golfers Tour USA, a series of tournaments across the U.S. leading into the national finals in August. This is the sixth year that ING has hosted a national qualifying tournament for WGAT. Visit for more information.

WAGT SmithThe top five scorers in this individual net stroke play event will advance to the WAGT National Finals August 3-5 at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate in Kissimmee, FL. Entry fee and accommodations will be complimentary at the Omni Resort for the five ING qualifiers. And as ING member Jim Smith did last year, flight winners at the nationals qualify for an expenses–paid trip to the World Championships Nov. 18-25 in Malaysia to represent the USA.

Also on the Slammer & Squire that day, a four-player Team Scramble will be conducted. Players can choose which competition they wish to play. The 10th Annual Durland Cup Team Scramble will take place Wednesday on the Slammer & Squire. This event is named in honor of ING’s first golf chair, Larry Durland, who passed away in 2015.

The ING Spring Conference’s opening night festivities will take place in the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum, located next to the host hotel, the WGV Renaissance. Attendees will be granted free entry into the museum, and will be allowed to stroll through the dozens of exhibits at their leisure. There will also be contests, including one on the golf simulator.WAGT-Tim

Along with the time spent exploring golf’s history in the World Golf Hall Of Fame & Museum, 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: 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. Speakers include short-game guru Dave Pelz, who will also participate in the Demo Lab, and World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona.
  • 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, or call 407-328-0500.