A NASA scientist-turned renowned golf coach was one of the major draws at the ‘biggest ever’ European golf industry show at Harrogate International Centre (HIC).
The sport’s foremost authority on the short game, Dave Pelz, headlined The Golf Show 2014 finale – a sell-out Teaching and Coaching Conference which runs alongside the exhibition. Pelz quit his job with the American space agency in 1976 to concentrate on turning his scientific expertise to golf putting and the short game.
Meanwhile, exhibitors at the three day event reported record orders. John Davis, show manager, said: “Support of The Golf Show has grown across the industry year-by-year and, with exhibitors taking more stand space than ever, 2014 has been the biggest ever.“
Now in its fifth year, the show welcomed hundreds of PGA professionals for a programme of educational seminars, networking, and a first look at next year’s products and services at an exhibition of more than 60 industry-leading brands.
Exhibitor Stephanie Zinser, managing partner at Lynx Golf, said: “We know The Golf Show to be the strongest of its kind in Europe and wanted to come and meet PGA professionals and showcase our product.
“Business at the event has been phenomenal and feedback over the three days has been hugely positive, putting Lynx Golf on an excellent trajectory going into next year.
“We are already looking forward to exhibiting at The Golf Show 2015.”
HIC director, Simon Kent said: “I am hearing lots of great things from exhibitors following the Golf Show.
“I know one company saw sales up 50 per cent on last year while another spoke of expanding their customer base by 25 per cent.
“The show equalled its record-breaking attendance figures from last year too so we, as an event venue, are very happy and we look forward to welcoming the show back next year.”
Dave Pelz said: “This is the best audience I can imagine having because these are PGA professionals and they really understand the game and we’ve been doing nothing but talking golf since I arrived.”