PGA Merchandise Show brings golf world together
The PGA Merchandise Show welcomed 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and 42,000 golf industry professionals from 91 countries around the world.

The 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, the industry’s annual ‘Major of Golf Business’, came to a close on January 29, in Orlando, after successfully marking the kick-off to the PGA of America’s Centennial Celebration and welcoming more than 42,000 golf industry professionals from 91 countries around the world.

PGA professionals and buyers uncovered the newest products, trends and technology from more than 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and brands, including 284 companies new to the show, creating the world’s largest business-to-business golf event within 1 million square feet of interactive exhibit, demonstration and meeting space at the Orange County Convention Center West Concourse Exhibit Hall.

The show attracted more than 7,000 PGA professionals from around the world. The top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance were Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico and Germany. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

As the world’s largest gathering of PGA professionals, the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show was a perfect occasion to kick off the 100-day PGA Centennial Celebration and commemorate the widespread impact of PGA professionals on the game, the industry and grassroots enjoyment and growth of golf.

PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions general manager Ed Several said: “As is the tradition of the PGA Merchandise Show, the world of golf came together here in Orlando to drive forward the business of the game in a face-to-face environment.  

“In addition to sourcing from a wide spectrum of the newest merchandise, attending PGA professionals and golf buyers were able to personally experience the most advanced technologies in demo events, personal interaction with the game’s leaders and product designers, a sharing of best practices among colleagues and a full calendar of professional resources to impact their businesses and careers.”

Highlights included Lee Trevino being joined by his longtime mentor, instructor and friend, PGA Master Professional Bill Eschenbrenner, as they helped open the show live on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”.

Other stars on view included Lexi Thompson, Bubba Watson, Jesper Parnevik, Lydia Ko, Blair O’Neal, Ian Poulter, Greg Norman, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Troy Merritt, Annika Sorenstam, Johnny Miller, Hal Sutton, Justin Thomas, Nancy Lopez, David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Michael Breed, Mike Malaska, Cameron McCormick, Jim McLean, Claude Harmon, Lynn Swann, Lou Holtz and many more.

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