|More than 350 PGA Professionals are expected to gather this week (Nov. 21-23) at the San Diego Hotel & Marina for the 97th PGA Annual Meeting. Delegates, comprised of PGA Board members, Past Presidents and representatives of all 41 PGA Sections, will bring into focus the plans that The PGA is developing to further advance golf and empower PGA Professionals to grow the game.Following the theme of “Charting Our Course,” delegates will experience a highly interactive and engaging Annual Meeting, through such new elements such as a PGA Annual Meeting App (which delegates can download in advance), and a live Twitter feed. PGA leaders also will hear from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who will focus his keynote address on leadership, and PGA member Lee Trevino, the recipient of the 2012 PGA Distinguished Service Award.”To be able to glean insight from such notable figures as Mayor Giuliani and Lee Trevino is a rare opportunity for our delegates,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It’s exciting to hear from high-profile figures and I also want our delegates to be heard and know that their input is part of the collaborative effort to better serve our members and the game.”
Joining Bishop and Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua are Vice President Derek Sprague and Secretary Paul Levy. In San Diego, they will call upon the delegates, representing the 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals, to produce greater dialogue and conversation at the Association’s largest governance event.
In addition to the remarks from Giuliani on Saturday, Nov. 23, seven new members of the PGA Board of Directors will be sworn in, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, who will become one of two Independent Directors on the Board. The others to be sworn in (all serve three-year terms):
Bob Beach, PGA head professional at Braintree (Mass.) Municipal Golf Course, will receive the fifth annual Patriot Award, honoring a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the industry.
The Tennessee PGA Section will be honored with the Herb Graffis Award for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development whether by conducting or supporting Play Golf America initiatives.
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November 19, 2013