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PGA President Brian Whitcomb is energized by all the great things for the golf industry he's seen this week in Orlando. (Photo: The PGA of America)
PGA President Brian Whitcomb is energized by all the great things for the golf industry he's seen this week in Orlando. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Guest Column: PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb

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PGA President Brian Whitcomb is spending more time in meetings than on the Show floor this week, but he remains impressed with the professional manner in which the PGA and its delegates are handling all their complex and important business.

By PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As we are in the midst of a frenetic, busy, and historic week, you can't help but be excited as you witness this great Association at work. It really inspires me to see the camaraderie and talent represented inside these halls and it makes me so proud to be a part of the PGA of America, much less be so grateful to serve as its President.

Holding the annual meeting in conjunction with the Merchandise Show was such a great decision. Giving our members an easy opportunity to not only witness but to participate in their governance is both special and what the PGA of America is all about. Here's an example.

We had a resolution on the floor that dealt with employment and how to become a PGA member. It's a very important decision to be made. It was great to see the way the Association handled the process and made a decision. It was a healthy debate, an open and ethical debate that was handled by Robert's Rules of Order, orderly and balanced. We then held a vote, and made a decision.

It was that clear and that simple. It wasn't Brian Whitcomb the President making a decision, it wasn't the Board of Directors by decree, it was the delegates that represent all of us that made the decision on the merits of that resolution. So for me, it shows the best of what we do, the transparency of decision making, the above-the-table integrity of the PGA, the level playing field in how we handle our business. It really is something for all of us to be proud of.

One thing about the programs, initiatives and other important leadership meetings that go on this week is: They seemingly never end! We are accomplishing and learning so many incredible things, but I can tell you it is exhausting. I'm so grateful for everyone who has helped me organize my time, I think my schedule is planned down to every five minutes it seems, but it's actually a good thing because there are so many good things going on.

The knowledge that what we do is having an impact on our great membership, our wonderful association, and this incredible game of golf provides me energy to get through it all. It is a real privilege to serve this organization as president. I still get tired, but its worth the effort.

One thing I'm not doing that might be surprising is spending as much time as I'd like seeing the great products and people down on the convention floor. But my wife Stefanie is here, thankfully, and she's better at buying the right things than I am anyways. So I'm relying on her to find the best products for our customers at our course and I know she is having a blast with all the people and products she is dealing with downstairs. I can tell you this, she has not been shy about buying, that's for sure.

That's what the Merchandise Show is about. Providing our Professionals with an opportunity to view and experience what will help them serve their consumer needs the most. And with the annual meeting and the success of this show, I think the golfing world will be very pleased. I know I am.

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