Four prominent golf industry CEOs will share their perspectives on the state of the industry, while detailing challenges and solutions for 2020 and beyond, during one of several headline presentations Thursday on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA.
With PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh serving as moderator, United States Golf Association CEO Mike Davis, National Golf Course Owners Association CEO Jay Karen, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America CEO Rhett Evans (all three pictured) will examine several issues facing the golf industry and share possible solutions during the 11 a.m. PGA Forum Stage panel discussion, which will be recorded and aired at a later date on Sirius XM Radio.
Thursday’s presentations on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA will also include a Golf Travel Forum at 9 a.m., presented by PGA Magazine, which includes a chance to win a golf trip for two to Morocco for an audience member. An NFL Player Business Entrepreneurship Panel headlined by former NFL standouts Ron Jaworski and Thurman Thomas tees off the afternoon schedule at 1 p.m., with a PGA Professional Town Hall titled “The Role a PGA Professional Plays in the Game and Business of Golf” scheduled for 2 p.m. and a “Coaching and Recruiting from the Eyes of a College Coach panel scheduled for 3 p.m.
Here is Thursday’s PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA schedule:
• 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. – Golf Travel Forum presented by PGA Magazine — The Value of Group Golf Travel. Panelists: Ben Cowan-Dewar, Co-Founder/CEO, Cabot Links, Inverness, Nova Scotia; Rich Tock, PGA, Director of Golf – Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.; Casey Brozek, PGA, Director of Golf – Quail West Golf and Country Club, Naples, Fla.; David Dorn, PGA, Director of Golf – Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Md.; Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA, General Manager – Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Moderator: Ryan Gingrow, PGA, Senior Relationship Manager, PGA Magazine
NOTE: The presentation above will include a chance for an audience member to win a trip to Morrocco, courtesy of the Moroccan National Tourist office (booth #3985).
• 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Callaway & PGA Career Services — Succeeding as a Head Professional. Panelists: Patrick White, PGA, Head Golf Professional, Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Ind.; Kyle Cramer, PGA, Head Golf Professional, Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.; Todd Smith, PGA, Indiana PGA Career Consultant and former Owner of Rock Hollow Golf Club. Moderator: Scott Kmiec, PGA of America Senior Director, Career Services.
• 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. — State of the Industry CEO Panel — Challenges and Solutions for 2020 and Beyond. Recorded for Sirius XM Radio. Panelists: Mike Davis, CEO, USGA; Rhett Evans, CEO, GCSAA; Jay Karen, CEO, NGCOA. Moderator: Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America.
• 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m. — Junior Golf Town Hall. LIVE on Sirius XM Radio. Panelists: PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA; Mike Suhre, PGA; Jason Witczak, PGA. Moderator: Carl Paulson.
• 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — NFL Players Share their Entrepreneurship Success after Playing at the Highest Level of the Game. Recorded for Sirius XM Radio. Panelists: Ron Jaworski (Eagles); Thurman Thomas (Bills); Bart Oates (Giants/49ers); Beasley Reece (Cowboys/Giants/Buccaneers). Moderator: Brian Crowell, PGA.
• 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. — PGA Professional Town Hall — The Role a PGA Professional Plays in the Game and Business of Golf. Recorded for Sirius XM Radio. Panelists: Bob Ford, PGA; Jack Druga, PGA; Jeff Warne, PGA; Caroline Basarab, PGA. Moderator: Brad Faxon, PGA, PGA Tour.
• 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Coaching and Recruiting from the Eyes of a College Golf Coach Panelists: Todd Oehrlein, WGCA President, University of Wisconsin; Emily Bastel Glaser, Women’s Golf Coach, University of Florida; Greg Sands, Head Men’s Golf Coach, Texas Tech; Bob Simms, Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach, St John Fisher College; Jamie Howell, PGA, Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach, Eastern Florida State. Moderator: Charlie Rymer, PGA.
• 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — A 2020 Vision for the Future of Caddying. Panelists: Bob Ford, PGA; Andrew Shuck, PGA; Ben Engle. Moderator: Charlie Rymer, PGA.