Fans to receive free pedometers at 95th PGA
ROCHESTER, NY -- The game of golf provides many health and wellness benefits, and it is a game you can play for life. Walking the golf course will improve your overall fitness, burn calories, and you can walk several miles in a round. Wearing pedometers, officials from the PGA of America walked the 18-hole East Course at Oak Hill Country Club to see how many steps it would take, how many miles those steps would covert to, and how many calories they would burn.
At the 95th PGA Championship, as part of the PGA of America's Let's Move on Course! program, fans will be able to get free pedometers so they can track how far they walk at Oak Hill. In 2012, 60,000 pedometers were handed out to fans at the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup. Let's Move on Course! helps promote the health and wellness benefits of walking the golf course.
A video of the PGA Championship team's walk of Oak Hill is available at the PGA Championship's YouTube channel. Results from the walk are as follows:
-- Ryan Cannon, championship director:
9,021 steps; 4.5 mi., 562 calories burned
-- John Handley, sales and marketing director:
9,048 steps; 4.4 mi., 525 calories burned
-- Rachel Melendez, sales and marketing associate:
9,822 steps; 4.6 mi., 287 calories burned
Health and fitness experts advocate that walking 10,000 steps per day, the equivalent of five miles, will improve your overall fitness. "Golf, whether you're playing the game or you are a fan following your favorite players and walking the course, is very healthy and can dramatically improve your lifestyle. There is no better way to get your 10,000 steps in than by attending the PGA Championship!"
About the PGA Championship
The 95th PGA Championship will be conducted Aug. 5-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club. 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, Shaun Micheel, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and Walter Hagen.
About the PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
About Oak Hill Country Club Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, N.Y.), recognized as one of the finest golf courses in America, has been synonymous with championship golf. In the past three decades alone, Oak Hills' renowned East Course has hosted the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships, the 1984 U.S. Senior Open, the 1989 U.S. Open, the 1995 Ryder Cup, the 1998 U.S. Amateur, and the 2008 Senior PGA Championship. Since the 1956 U.S. Open, Oak Hill is the only golf club in America to host all six of the men's touring Championships. The 2013 PGA Championship will mark Oak Hill's 11th premier golf championship.