The second day of the 2022 PGA Show maintained the momentum for the industry’s global golf gathering. The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, was the site of another full day of sourcing products and networking with industry peers, beneficial education opportunities for golf industry professionals, and a welcome return to in-person interactions.
“I think coming to the PGA Show this year is the best decision we could have made,” said Richard Prosser, International Sales Manager for Lyle & Scott. “The engagement with golf professionals and buyers is truly great. It’s given us a chance to tell our story in a way that you just can’t do on the other end of the phone or a laptop. That’s integral to our success, and people really like being here together.”
“All the attendees we’re seeing are happy – happy to be here, happy to see the commitment to the PGA Show that these companies have made,” agreed Steve Rentschler, Executive Vice President of Sterling Cut Glass. “I’ve seen nearly all of our major customers in the last two days, and they are here to buy. We’re glad that we brought our full booth to the PGA Show, and the entire footprint has been needed to accommodate our customers.”
Thursday was a big day for PGA Professionals at the PGA Show, as the Education Conference got into full swing with more than a dozen seminars and presentations throughout the day. There are also a number of industry special presentations at the PGA Hub and in the Member Business Center, where PGA officers hosted a town hall meeting and candidates for the upcoming secretary election took questions from their peers.
PGA Professionals also flashed their competitive side in a pair of golf simulator contests at the PGA Hub: a Closest to the Hole contest presented by Captech, and a Hole in One Contest presented by Club Car. Both contests are being held virtually on the famed 17th hole at Whistling Straits, site of the 2021 Ryder Cup.
The Equipment Test Center was also busy with attendees taking their swings and putting on a pair of greens while testing clubs, launch monitors and other new products from exhibitors.
“What I see are customers who are here with intent to learn and to place orders,” said FlightScope Inventor & CEO Henri Johnson from his company’s booth on the edge of the Equipment Test Center. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of exhibiting this week. This is our 18th consecutive PGA Show, and what I’ve decided is that it will always be an annual part of our plans.”