REPORT FROM THE SHOW: Day 2 of 4
I did not sleep well. Maybe it was the chinese food, or the anticipation of a full day ahead meeting and greeting great people in the golf world… I was tempted to roll over when that alarm went off at 6 a.m. Glad I didn’t.
From the moment Matt Kuchar, 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team member and winner of the 2010 Vardon Trophy opened the 58th PGA Merchandise Show by hitting the ceremonial first ball from the second floor stage to the networking with other women in the business of golf, it was a day packed with good connections.
Met Mary Sharpe from the Virginia Golf Showcase at breakfast in the media center. She’s been attending these golf shows for years and had some good advice on how to manage the thousands of networking opportunities.
Listened to a panel presentation from three prominent women in the golf industry: Debbie Waitkus, Founder and CEO of Golf For Cause, Debbie O’Connell, Vice President of Ladies Links Fore Golf and Jan Bel Jan of Jan Bel Jan Green By Design, Inc., golf course architect. Subject: how to attract and maintain women in the game of golf. They had some great insights I will be sharing with you in an upcoming podcast. Met one on one with Debbie Waitkus who gave me her personal take on some of the issues facing women in golf today. Watch for that podcast as well.
Had a great interview with one of the top golf fitters from Callaway. He had a lot of great advice for we “average” golfers and the importance of getting fit with the right set of clubs. That podcast will be posted along with information about Callaway’s latest product line: Razr which is due out this coming April.
And finally, had a short interview with the designer of a great line of women’s golf shoes: Sandbaggers. Their new product line will be available for the upcoming season. These are beautiful shoes, both to look at and to wear.
It was a long day, and I barely scratched the surface. Tomorrow, an interview with Pia Nilsson, of Vision54, and a more comprehensive tour of the trade show floor.