Monday, 18 February 2013

My First PGA Merchandise Show...

The PGA Show celebrated its 60th Anniversary and I must say it was spectacular.  Arriving just before the doors opened we were welcomed with the National Anthem beautifully sang with confetti and the whole nine yards.  Once inside it is very overwhelming with so many vendors to try and see and visit with.  After stopping at Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Nike, Taylor Made and many smaller vendors I headed towards the demo clubs.  Ping has introduced a new driver called “Answer” and let me tell you it is a beautiful piece of work, more on this club in a later post. 
You know when you have those moments of right place at the right time? Well I had two of them at the PGA show.  Annika S√∂renstamwas a key note speaker who was my favourite female golfer growing up.  After listening to her talk for 45 minutes I realized that she understands the golf business better than some owners.  She touched on pace of play, too challenging golf courses, junior golf and women in golf.  It was a very special moment for me listening to my idol.  From there I went up the far side of the building and saw a bunch of people crowded around one vendor “Wind Grips” which is usually sign that something interesting is happening.  Turns out Natalie Gulbis was there and signing autographs.  So I got myself in line to meet her and get her autograph.  Once I finally got to her she said: “Hey Girl” to me which is a bigger deal than you would think since she hadn’t talked to any of the other professionals in line and the fact that I was one of 4 girls in a line of 40+ men.

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