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Play Golf America Day to kick off Sr. PGA Week

The PGA of America has announced that it will kick off Senior PGA Championship Week on Sunday, May 21, with Play Golf America Day. The event will feature free golf lessons from PGA Professionals, equipment demos and shot exhibitions.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The Senior PGA Championship Week will begin with a free Play Golf America Day on Sunday, May 21, at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City. Open to the general public, the Play Golf America Day will feature free golf lessons from area PGA Professionals, equipment demonstrations, trick shot and long drive exhibitions and more activities for all ages.

As part of the festivities, the first 275 people to register online at www.playgolfamerica.com and attend the event will receive two practice round tickets each to any of the three practice rounds for the Senior PGA Championship being held at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla. In addition, a drawing will be held for a free year of golf at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

"The Play Golf America Day will be a great start to the week. Not only will local fans be able to participate in a family-friendly golf festival but they also may get free tickets to the Senior PGA Championship. It's a real win-win," said Barry Thompson, executive director of The PGA of America's South Central Section. "Add to this that there's a chance to win a free year of golf and it's going to be a fun, exciting day."

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Leading companies such as Callaway, Hogan, MacGregror and Cobra will be on site to provide attendees the opportunity to test the newest golf equipment on the market throughout the day. More than 25 PGA Professionals will be offering free 10-minute golf lessons and the first 250 people at the event will receive a two-pack of Pinnacle golf balls.

The schedule of clinics and special events includes:

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Junior Clinic conducted by Jim Woodward, Director of Golf at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Women?s Clinic conducted by Holly Hair, Women?s Golf Coach for the University of Tulsa

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Trick Shot Exhibition featuring Kevin Compare, Renowned Trick Shot Artist

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Long Drive Exhibition by Brian Pavlet, Member of the Cobra/Pinnacle Long Drive Team

For the free practice round ticket giveaway, all registrants after the first 275 will be placed on a wait list. Those who don?t show up who have pre-registered will forfeit their tickets to those on the wait list.

For more information on the Senior PGA Championship Play Golf America Day at Lincoln Park Golf Course, visit www.playgolfamerica.com.

"Having Play Golf America Day as the initial event of the 2006 Senior PGA Championship Week is a great way for us to thank the community. The area has been extremely supportive, and we are excited to put on an event that is fun and exciting for all ages in addition to giving people an opportunity to attend the Senior PGA Championship," said Ben Rubin, tournament director for The PGA of America.

Tickets are still available for the 67th Senior PGA Championship. In an effort to encourage more youths to become involved in the game of golf, The PGA of America is offering free admission to anyone 17 years and younger with a ticketed adult. For more information on tickets, call 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or visit www.SENIORPGA2006.com.

Play Golf America, designed to increase participation among adult golfers, was developed by The PGA of America, with the support of Allied Associations including: the LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Tour, USGA and others involved in the annual Golf 20/20 Conference. The program utilizes the www.playgolfamerica.com Web site to serve as a link for consumers to access fun, affordable and informative programs in their area.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf, while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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