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February 28, 2012

LEGENDS BOB TOSKI AND DENNIS WALTERS HIGHLIGHT MARCH CALENDAR FOR THE PGA MUSEUM OF GOLF SPEAKER SERIES

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Bob Toski, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour who went on to a legendary teaching career; and 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient Dennis Walters will be the featured guests in March for the PGA Museum of Golf Speaker Series.

Each will take part in a fireside chat beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the Museum, located at I-95, Exit 121 (St. Lucie West Blvd.). Toski will be featured on Friday, March 16; and the inspirational Walters will be the special guest on Friday, March 23.

The events are both open to the public, with complimentary admission.

Toski, a member of both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, competed in 21 majors, and finishing tied for ninth in both the 1950 and 1954 PGA Championship. The 1954 leading money winner on Tour, Toski became one of the nation’s leading instructors and a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Among his pupils are Tom Kite, Bruce Crampton and Judy Rankin.

Elected to PGA membership in 1947, Toski learned to play the game as a caddie at Northampton (Mass.) Country Club. He left the Tour while at the peak of his game at age 30, wanting to spend more time with his family. A pioneer in golf video instruction, Toski wrote several books and appeared on NBC Sports broadcasts in the 1980s. Later, he teamed up with Mike Fetchick to capture the 1990 and 1992 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the current Champions Tour.

Walters is one of only 11 PGA Honorary Members, joining the likes of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. He dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour, until a freak accident in 1974 left him a paraplegic. While his dream to play on Tour was shattered, Walters pledged to never give up playing the game of golf. With that positive attitude, a remarkable public career began.

The first thing Walters had to figure out was a way to play golf again. Since he could not stand, he started by hitting golf shots from his wheelchair. He then progressed to a swivel seat mounted on the passenger side of a golf cart. Since 1977, Walters has made more than 3,000 appearances and performed in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Walters and his sidekick “Bucky,” a mixed terrier, appear in approximately 100 shows each year at the PGA Championship, PGA Tour events and golf courses around the world. Walters has performed for and with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

The recipient of the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for his triumph over tragedy, Walters uses his own personal experience as an example to challenge each person in the audience to do something in their life that perhaps they thought was impossible.

Attendees of both events will also be able to review the Museum’s new exhibits, which include apparel worn by reigning PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, when he won at Atlanta Athletic Club in August; plaques and memorabilia honoring the seven recent inductees into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame; and the PGA Cup, featuring the Llandudno International Trophy, which was retained by the United States over Great Britain & Ireland in September.

Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily through Easter. Admission is free year-round.

For more information, visit www.pga.com/museum or call 800-800-GOLF (4653). The PGA Museum of Golf is located at 8555 Commerce Center Drive, adjacent to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, in PGA Village.


February 14, 2012

Complimentary 5th Annual Women’s Play Golf America Day Open to Public
LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame Member JoAnne Carner to host golf clinic at event


**Photo, video and interview opportunities available to media**

In an effort to provide women with more opportunities to get involved in the game of golf, PGA Village is hosting a complimentary Women’s Play Golf America Day for female golfers of all ages and skill levels, along with their guests. LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame Member JoAnne Carner; Top 100 Instructor and 2000 LPGA Teacher of the Year Nancy Quarcelino; and fellow Top 100 Instructor and 1990 PGA Teacher of the Year Charlie Sorrell will be on hand— along with local PGA/LPGA Professionals—to host clinics that can help beginning golfers get properly introduced to the game of golf and assist avid golfers with pointers on how to take a couple of strokes off their score. PGA of America Director of Fitness David Donatucci will also host a fitness clinic promoting the health and wellness benefits of golf.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, February 25, 2011 • 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, 8565 Commerce Center Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986,
    (772) 468-7686

WHO:

  • JoAnne Carner, LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame Member
  • Nancy Quarcelino, Top 100 Instructor, 2000 LPGA Teacher of the Year
  • Charlie Sorrell, Top 100 Instructor, PGA Master Professional and 1990 PGA Teacher of the Year
  • David Donatucci, PGA of America’s Director of Fitness
  • PGA/LPGA Professionals from around the country, including many from the South Florida PGA Section

WHY:

  • Women’s golf clinics provide participants with the opportunity to take part in various golf activities, to play better golf with instruction from PGA and LPGA Professionals, and to also have fun with friends and family while playing the game.
  • Women all over the country have experienced that the game of golf is good for business and networking; has health and fitness benefits; and allows friends and families to spend quality time together.
  • Recently, more women are looking for ways to learn or improve their golf game. In the past five years, the majority of new golfers have been women.
  • Women have said that golf has helped them be more assertive, close business deals and develop new social and business relationships.

NOTES:

  • All women and their guests will receive free golf lessons from PGA/LPGA Professionals, a complimentary fitness clinic, free golf balls to hit on the driving range and complimentary equipment demonstrations.
  • A special sale on all women’s golf apparel, clubs and shoes will be held during the event
  • Prizes, contests and fun
  • Women can pre-register for the event at PlayGolfAmerica.com. Admission is free.

Media Contacts:
Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America, 561.624.8458 (mabramowitz@pgahq.com)
Tammy Boclair, Alday Communications, Inc., 615.791.1535, x26 (tammy@aldaycommunications.com)


January 9, 2012

PGA MUSEUM OF GOLF SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS A ‘50 GREATEST TEACHER' PGA MASTER PROFESSIONAL CHARLIE SORRELL ON JAN. 18
1990 PGA Teacher of the Year to Speak and Give Free Golf Clinic for Attendees

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Legendary PGA Master Professional Charlie Sorrell, the 1990 PGA Teacher of the Year and one of Golf Digest's '50 Greatest Teachers' and GOLF Magazine's 'Top 100 Teachers in America' will be the next featured speaker in the PGA Museum of Golf Speaker Series at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Sorrell, a former Touring professional and author of four books including 'Lessons That Rhyme...Stay in the Mind,' and 'Impact: The Most Important Part of the Golf Swing' will take part in a special fireside chat on Wed., Jan. 18, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., in the Museum, located at I-95, Exit 121 (St. Lucie West Blvd.). Immediately following the discussion, Sorrell will step outside the door onto the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance grounds to lead a free golf clinic for all attendees. Both events are open to the public with complimentary admission.

Affectionately known as the 'Rhyme Master' for his uncanny ability to turn his golf instruction into simple, fun rhymes for his students to easily remember, Sorrell was the 1988 Georgia PGA Professional of the Year and Past President of the Georgia PGA Section. He previously designed and owned his own instruction center and is now an on-site instructor for the PGA of America Golf Schools. Sorrell has also served as a faculty member for PGA Education and is the inventor of several golf teaching aides.

'PGA Master Professional Charlie Sorrell leaves you wanting more,' said PGA President Allen Wronowski. 'He is very informative, as he provides simple explanations to golf questions. His energy is contagious.' A PGA Professional for 46 years, Sorrell has appeared on the Golf Channel, XM Radio and hosted a golf show on Atlanta television for three years. The course record holder at three separate golf clubs, Sorrell hosts an instruction DVD entitled 'During the Golf Swing...What You Feel is Not Real.'

Attendees will also be able to review the Museum's new exhibits, which include apparel worn by Keegan Bradley when he won the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in August; plaques and memorabilia honoring the seven recent inductees into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame; and a tribute to the PGA Cup, featuring the Llandudno International Trophy, which was retained by the United States over Great Britain & Ireland in September.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Easter. Admission is free year-round. For more information, please visit www.pga.com/museum or call 800-800-GOLF (4653). The PGA Museum of Golf is located at 8555 Commerce Center Drive, adjacent to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, in PGA Village.


January 3, 2012

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS ENCOURAGE KIDS, FAMILIES TO GET ACTIVE DURING ‘FREE DAY OF PLAY' AT THE PGA CENTER FOR GOLF LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE JAN. 14
16 Sports Stations for Families and Children led by Instructors from PGA of America, St. Lucie Mets and i9 Sports

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance will host the inaugural 'Free Day of Play' on Sat., Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring golf, football, soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey all in an active family-oriented environment. Kids 17 and under and their families will be introduced to a number of sports all in the spirit of encouraging healthy lifestyles. Throughout the Free Day of Play, golf stations will be staffed and led by PGA Professionals, while flag football and soccer activities will be organized by i9 Sports. Representatives of the St. Lucie Mets will conduct baseball games and instruction, and the Sports Authority will organize basketball games and drills.

Based on the National Day of Play in Washington, D.C., the Free Day of Play will enable families and children to experience a day of fun at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. There will be a total of 16 station activities. This is a perfect opportunity for athletes of the future to come out and learn more about and enjoy each sport. Meanwhile, there will be fun family activities and contests for kids of all ages.

'The Free Day of Play at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is an incredible opportunity for families to gather in a fun environment, in order to promote an active lifestyle,' said Bob Baldassari, The PGA of America's senior director for Player Development and general manager of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. 'This is an event for every child in your family to experience a wide variety of sports activities, in order to inspire healthy living. We are looking forward to giving the St. Lucie community an unforgettable day of fun and games for kids of all ages.'

Games and prizes will be available to all children throughout the day. Admission is complimentary. 'I9 Sports has had an overwhelming response from the communities for our popular flag football, soccer, and basketball programs these last few years, and we are delighted to introduce more sports for the children, such as golf and baseball, thanks to the partnership with these terrific organizations,' said Joe Greco, program director, i9 Sports. 'Collectively, we are very excited to introduce every child to a multitude of sports, and this free day of play is a great way for every parent to get their children involved in the community with numerous first-class organizations. Sports are a great outlet for boys and girls to learn, grow, and develop their skills, which they will use forever, both on and off the fields of play.'

The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is located at 8565 Commerce Center Drive in Port St. Lucie. For more information, call i9 Sports at (772) 285-9664 or www.i9sports.com or contact the PGA Center Golf Learning and Performance at (800) 800-GOLF Ext. 3.