Attendees enthusiastic about business of golf

"It's gratifying to see the PGA Merchandise Show back in great form," said Ted Bishop, presiding over his first Show as president of The PGA of America.

Attendees enthusiastic about golf business

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 60th PGA Merchandise Show closed today, January 26, and celebrated its history while launching what many believed to be the most vibrant PGA Show Week in recent history to begin a strong 2013 for the golf industry. The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show brought together more than 1,000 companies and brands along with more than 43,000 PGA Professionals, buyers and industry leaders from 75 countries to introduce the latest in golf equipment, apparel, accessories and services, January 23-26.

"It's gratifying to see the PGA Merchandise Show back in great form," said Ted Bishop, presiding over his first PGA Merchandise Show as President of The PGA of America.  "This is the biggest the PGA Show has been since 2008, and that's a great signal that golf is vibrant again." 

Coming off a strong year for business in 2012, a who's who of the game's biggest brands and hottest new companies showcased new products meant to keep the momentum going in 2013.  Introductions from industry leaders such as Titleist, Callaway Golf, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Ping, Nike, Bridgestone and Cobra Puma Golf created strong buzz on the PGA Show floor.

Attending industry professionals came to the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show from all 50 U.S. states and around the world with the top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance being Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Korea.  The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, New York, Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania. 

While the PGA Merchandise Show is not open to the public, golf enthusiasts continue to be able to have an exclusive window into the game's most innovative new equipment, accessories and products, along with leading CEOs and personalities of the game, by reviewing PGA Show Week action at www.PGA.com, www.pgashow.com, www.golfchannel.com.  Also, a one-hour, prime-time Golf Channel television special will capture all the news and newsmakers at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m., and re-air on Monday, Jan. 28 at 8:00 p.m.