Programs for PGA Forum Stage Announced for PGA Merchandise Show

Published online: Jan 20, 2016 Golf News

The PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA at the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show will offer a compelling schedule of focused programming on emerging technology on Wednesday, Jan. 27; PGA employment initiatives on Thursday, Jan. 28; and instruction best practices on Friday, Jan. 29.

Additionally, top instructors and special guests, such as Lee Trevino, Annika Sorenstam, Bubba Watson, Hal Sutton and Lou Holtz, will provide engaging programs to enlighten and entertain attending PGA Professionals and industry leaders at the annual "Major of Golf Business" in Orlando, Fla.

"The PGA Forum Stage at the PGA Merchandise Show provides a platform where we can communicate the importance of leveraging today's emerging technology, while adapting to current market conditions," said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. "We are excited to introduce new resources designed to equip our members with more knowledge, highlighted by the new PGA Verified Program. Multiple PGA programs are being shared on the PGA Forum stage, to share how we are working to educate, empower and elevate the stature of the PGA Professional across all spectrums of the game."

Leading off the Wednesday technology presentations is a keynote address and panel discussion featuring futurist Jim Carroll. In addition to the technology and education-based programming, the PGA Forum Stage, presented by OMEGA, also will feature many of the game's best instructors, including Michael Breed, Hank Haney Claude Harmon, David Leadbetter, Cameron McCormick and Jim McLean. Lee Trevino and PGA Master Professional Bill Eschenbrenner will open the PGA Forum Stage programming with a special #ThxPGAPro presentation at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, where they will discuss their work together at El Paso Country Club. The student-teacher relationship also will be discussed on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when Hal Sutton will sit down with PGA of America Centennial book author Billy Dettlaff and Global Golf Post journalist and Centennial book editor John Steinbreder. Bubba Watson will share his 2016 golf plans and charitable initiatives with a question and answer session moderated by Golf Channel's George Savaricas at 3 p.m., on Jan. 27.