|Former Ryder Cup Captain Dave Stockton, Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden Team with Golf's Premier Instructors at the 13th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit|
|The 13th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit, the game's largest educational forum, will be conducted Jan. 21-22, at the Orange County Convention Center's Chapin Auditorium in Orlando, Fla.|
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2012) - For the first time in its history, the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit will drop anchor in the heart of the showroom for the business of golf.
The 13th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit, the game's largest educational forum, will be conducted Jan. 21-22, at the Orange County Convention Center's Chapin Auditorium in Orlando, Fla.
The Summit, which perennially attracts an international audience of hundreds of PGA Professionals and leading industry instructors and specialists, is the kickoff for the 60th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26.
The Summit theme, "Where Communication Meets Excellence," focuses on the importance of coaching in today's highly competitive marketplace.
Leading the roster of nearly 20 Summit presenters is a duo of exceptional coaches representing their respective sports – 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and two-time PGA Champion Dave Stockton; and former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden, the all-time leader in victories in NCAA Division I.
A busy schedule also includes PGA of America President Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., and 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed of Greenwich, Conn., host of Golf Channel's "The Golf Fix." Breed will serve as master of ceremonies and as one of the presenters.
Breed will be joined by seven former PGA Teachers of the Year: Jim McLean (1994); Chuck Cook (1996); Randy Smith (2002); Martin Hall (2008); Mike Bender (2009); Todd Anderson (2010), and Mike Malaska (2011).
"There is no doubt that the Summit is our premier event for what we do as PGA members – and that is teach and coach," said PGA Instruction Committee co-chair Tom Henderson, the head professional at Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Conn. "I'm 55 years old, and I continue to come away from a Summit with a list of ideas that I can take back to my club. It makes me better at my trade. It makes me a better PGA member; it helps me be better as a teacher and it makes me feel proud to be a representative of my club."
Stockton, the 2012 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient, is president and CEO of Stockton Golf in Redlands, Calif., where he teams with sons Dave Jr., and Ron to form one of the most popular teaching combinations in the industry. Stockton Golf counts among its many clients, World No. 1 ranked and reigning PGA Champion Rory McIlroy, LPGA star Yani Tseng and many more.
Bowden, 83, coached from 1976 to 2009, and guided Florida State to national championships in 1993 and 1999. One of the country's most entertaining speakers, Bowden guided the Seminoles to 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and a Division I record 21 bowl victories.
Joe Plecker, the PGA director of instruction at Baltimore Country Club, joins Henderson as co-chair of the PGA Instruction Committee. Plecker said that the Summit value could be measured in several ways.
"Attendees improve one's teaching through learning from the best teachers in the world, networking with hundreds of PGA Professionals and re-energizing one's passion for teaching the game of golf," said Plecker. "With so many PGA Teachers of the Year who will cover multiple topics and practical issues for teaching, a variety of expertise is the strength of the line-up. I am certain that everyone who attends will leave with great ideas from each of the speakers and strengthen their teaching, networking, and passion for golf."
Among some unique PGA Professionals and specialists filling the Summit schedule are:
Golf Magazine will host a reception for all attendees on Monday evening, Jan. 21 to honor its latest inductees into the biennial Top 100 PGA Teaching Professionals roster.