Five golfers will have the chance to play their way into the 2015 World Amateur Golfers Tour Championship National Finals when they compete at the 25th Anniversary ING Spring Conference, the annual gathering of golf industry leaders and media.
The non-profit International Network of Golf will conduct the conference, schedule for May 31-June 3 at beautiful and historic Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. ING is where “media connects with the golf industry.” Everyone in the golf industry and media is invited to attend.
The WAGT National Qualifier will take place on Monday morning June 1 on the highly acclaimed El Campeon course at Mission Inn. Architect George O’Neil created El Campeon in 1917. It features 85 feet in elevation changes and winds through stately oaks, pines and natural vegetation. The course has water on 13 holes, and features two peninsula greens. El Campeon is one of Florida’s oldest and most decorated courses.
The ING competition is sanctioned by the World Amateur Golfers Tour USA, a series of tournaments across the U.S. leading into the national finals in September. This is the fourth year that ING has hosted a national qualifying tournament for WGAT. Visit http://www.wgatusa.com/ for more information.
This individual net stroke play event will be divided into five flights based on handicap. The winner of each flight will advance to the WAGT National Finals at Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in the Poconos September 24-26, with all on-site expenses and tournament fees covered. Flight winners at the national competition will then advance to the WGC World Finals in Belek Antalya Turkey Nov. 28-Dec. 5 as a member of Team USA.
There will also be a 4-Player Team Scramble conducted on the same golf course that Monday.
The other big golf competition at the ING Spring Conference will be the 8th Annual Durland Cup team scramble on Wednesday. That competition is named in honor of former ING Golf Committee Chairman Larry Durland, who passed away in January. It will be conducted on the Gary Koch-designed Las Colinas course, which opened in 1992 and is a good complement to El Campeon’s. While longer, Las Colinas is flatter and more forgiving. VPAR scoring app will be utilized in this tournament. VPAR is the global leader in live golf scoring, recreating the excitement of a PGA Tour event with real-time leaderboards on the course, in the clubhouse and live online.
Other important networking and educational elements of the conference include:
• 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; Growing The Game panel, 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.
• 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 407-328-0500.