World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Nancy Lopez will join PGA President Suzy Whaley in highlighting a variety of presentations on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on opening day at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show Wednesday.
Sorenstam, who amassed 93 worldwide wins and 10 major championships before being elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, will join Whaley and LPGA Chief Teaching Officer Nancy Henderson to present “The Future of Coaching” to lead off the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA schedule Wednesday at 10 a.m.
“The way we coach is evolving with the use of technology and other contemporary tools,” said Whaley, PGA Director of Instruction at the Country Club at Mirasol, who became the first woman to be elected PGA of America president in November after becoming the first woman to qualify for and compete in a PGA Tour event since Babe Didrikson 50 years earlier when she played in the 2003 Hartford Open.
Whaley will join World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona, WE ARE GOLF Women’s Task Force chair Jane Geddes, Founder of Generation W’s Donna Orender, PGA-LPGA Professional Marvol Barnard, who is president of the LPGA T&CP, and Pine Ridge Golf Course (Paris, Texas) Owner Cathy Harbin in a special #inviteHER presentation at 11 a.m. on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA.
#inviteHER is a nationwide campaign encouraging golfers to extend an invitation to a woman in their life to play golf. With the continued focus on women and millennials and their introduction to the game, the #inviteHER initiative has had a substantial impact since its initial launch in August 2018. The #inviteHER panel will include industry influencers on both the women’s and men’s side of the game who will come together to discuss the impact and potential of #inviteHER and how its overall success will positively affect all aspects of the golf industry.
Norman, who spent 331 weeks as the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s, will host a Sirius XM Town Hall on the PGA Forum Stage at noon Wednesday, followed by a special presentation titled “Leveraging the Game in a Digital Age” anchored by Norman, LPGA standout Mel Reid, Frisbee trick-shot artist Brodie Smith and PGA Tour Digital Director of Production Anne Detflese at 1 p.m.
Nancy Lopez, who won 48 LPGA Tour events and three major championships before being elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987, will join Club Car President Mark Wagner and LPGA Professional Kelley Brooke of Bethpage State Park Golf Course to discuss the benefits of Club Car’s new Tempo Walk at 2 p.m. on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA. Tempo Walk helps golfers rediscover the beauty of the golf course with a hands-free, autonomous caddie that offers GPS yardage, carries bags, coolers, and other accessories.
Topgolf Chief Technology Officer Andrew Macaulay, Toptracer President Ben Sharpe and PGA Past President M.G. Orender, founder of Hampton Golf, will discuss how tracing technology is driving golf forward in a special presentation at 3 p.m. on the PGA Forum Stage, followed by the U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Awards Ceremony and Reception at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s PGA Forum Stage Schedule
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Future of Coaching
The way we coach is evolving. Learn how and see what the PGA of America is doing to help grow sport participation for a lifetime.
- Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA, President, PGA of America; PGA Director of Instruction, Country Club at Mirasol; Owner, Suzy Whaley Golf
- Annika Sorenstam, 72-time LPGA Winner and 10-time Major Champion
- Nancy Henderson, PGA/LPGA, Chief Teaching Officer, LPGA
- Moderated by Charlie Rymer, PGA
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WE ARE GOLF and the LPGA Women’s Network have partnered in the launch of, #inviteHER, a nationwide campaign encouraging golfers to extend an invitation to a woman in their life to play golf. With the continued focus on women and millennials and their introduction to the game, the #inviteHER initiative has had a substantial impact since its initial launch in August 2018.
- Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA, President, PGA of America; PGA Director of Instruction, Country Club at Mirasol; Owner, Suzy Whaley Golf .
- Steve Mona, CEO, World Golf Foundation
- Jane Geddes, Chair, WE ARE GOLF, Women’s Task Force
- Donna Orender, CEO, Orender Unlimited and Founder of Generation W
- Marvol Barnard, LPGA/PGA, National President, LPGA T&CP
- Cathy Harbin, Owner, Pine Ridge Golf Course, Paris, Texas
- Moderated by Ashleigh McLaughlin, Managing Director, LPGA Women’s Network
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
SiriusXM Town Hall featuring Greg Norman
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Leveraging the Game in a Digital Age
Learn from some of golf’s biggest influencers on how they leverage their personal brands and businesses in the digital space.
- Greg Norman, Professional golfer, major winner and entrepreneur
- Mel Reid, LPGA golfer
- Brodie Smith, Social media influencer and frisbee trick-shot artist
- Anne Detflesen, Digital Director of Production, PGA Tour
- Moderated by Brian Crowell, PGA
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Club Car Energizes Golf Experience with Tempo Walk
Club Car’s new Tempo Walk helps golfers rediscover the beauty of the golf course with a hands-free, autonomous caddie that offers GPS yardage, carries bags, coolers, and other accessories.
- Mark Wagner, President at Club Car
- Nancy Lopez, LPGA golfing legend
- Kelley Brooke, LPGA, Bethpage State Park
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Shaping the Future of Golf: How Tracing Technology is Driving the Sport Forward
The innovative minds at Topgolf are leading the revolution on how fans approach golf. It’s gone all-in on tech to make golf fun and engaging, rooted in the capabilities of Toptracer technology. Whether it’s a new gamified experience, interactive viewing with real-time traces or a dramatically different practice format at the range, the industry is shifting how it interacts with golfers at every skill level. Learn how Topgolf has cracked the code on using technology to create engaging experiences for avid, casual and novice golfers around the globe.
- Andrew Macaulay, Chief Technology Officer, Topgolf
- Ben Sharpe, President, Toptracer
- M.G. Orender, PGA, Founder of Hampton Golf & PGA Past President
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
US Kids Top 50 Awards Ceremony & Reception