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PGA Officials: Know source of corporate hospitality packages

Tournament officials have learned that independent entertainment companies are marketing unofficial hospitality packages to the corporate community, and advise everyone to verify from whom they are purchasing packages and what they include.

CHASKA, Minn. -- With many local companies eager to take part in the excitement of the upcoming 2009 PGA Championship, PGA of America officials are advising them to check the source before purchasing corporate hospitality packages for the event, to be held Aug. 10-16, 2009, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

2009 PGA Championship officials have learned that independent entertainment companies are marketing unofficial hospitality packages to the local corporate community. Some of these packages imply an affiliation with The PGA of America and the 2009 PGA Championship and that their venues are located on event grounds; however, only The PGA of America offers official hospitality packages.

The PGA of America operates all tents and facilities available on the grounds at Hazeltine and has no plans to offer space to outside groups. According to PGA of America sources, unofficial hospitality products are marketed for many PGA events, including the 2002 PGA Championship, the last PGA event held in Minnesota.

"We're concerned that companies are being misled about what they're buying and where it's located," says Kerry Haigh, managing director of tournaments for the PGA of America, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, "but the PGA of America has no legal authority to stop the sales of unofficial hospitality packages."

"Every year, we get many complaints from people who buy these packages and then become upset when they realize that they're not on site, or even close to the golf course, and there are no official benefits included," said Michael Belot, 2009 PGA Championship tournament director. "We're committed to providing Minnesota companies a world-class experience at a world-class event in their own backyard."

PGA officials recommend contacting The PGA of America directly about hospitality before purchasing a package. Official 2009 PGA Championship information can be found by visiting or by calling Shannon Loecher, regional director of sales, at 952-368-4795. A partial list of independent entertainment companies can be found at

About the 2009 PGA Championship

The 2009 PGA Championship will be played August 10-16, 2009, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy; including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

About The PGA of America

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By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry.

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