March 2019 Presidential Message
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The 2019 PGA Show in Orlando is now behind us. This year only two of our sponsors were present in the ICG room, W209B, as well as on the Orange Country Driving Range during Demo Day.  I believe both sponsors, Indio Golf and Eagle Rebirth Golf, were very pleased with how the show went for them.  From an ICG point of view, I can tell you that traffic was down and as well there were only a handful volunteers present to main the ICG Room. There were many times when it was only me and the two sponsors in the room.   I believe overall attendance at the PGA show was lower than previous years.  There were several vacant spots on the showroom floor.   Taylormade, which usually has a very large display, opted out of attending this year.  Perhaps the need to be there was not strong enough for Taylormade and perhaps the lower overall   attendance indicates the same thing.  

I would love to get some feedback from our members on why they chose not to attend and what we as an organization can do to make members more likely to attend and help out in the ICG Room.   Let us know what we can do to make the show more appealing to our members.  

For those members who did attend, I would appreciate hearing what you liked about the show and what we can do better.  What would you like to see at the show?  What would help make you want to attend the 2020 PGA Show?  We need feedback from you about the Show.  The Board of Directors is certainly looking at the Show and consulting on how to proceed with future Shows.  In the meantime, we would be grateful for your feedback.  BOD member Gerald Friz has created a volunteer form for you to contribute your talents. Click here to sign up.

Looking forward, I believe that it is going to be a great year for the industry and in particular for qualified clubfitters. The public has reached a point where they are actively seeking qualified clubfitters and clubmakers.  They want to find someone who knows what they are doing and has the certification to back it up.  So, get certified as soon as possible.

In conclusion, I wish you all the best in the upcoming year in your business and in your personal life.  Have a great 2019!

Don Irving