EWGA, Tradition GC, VSGA Head Player Development Category In The 19th Annual ING Industry Honors

LAKE MARY, FL (January 10, 2012) - A pair of golf associations and a golf course in Charlotte, NC, have made the final ballot in the Player Development category of the 19th Annual ING Industry Honors.

The Executive Women's Golf Association, the Virginia State Golf Association and The Tradition Golf Club conducted programs that brought impressive numbers of new golfers into the game of golf this year.

Hundreds of nominations from across the golf industry have been trimmed by sub-committees to three nominees in each category in the ING Industry Honors awards program. Winners in a dozen categories are currently being decided by an electronic vote of the ING membership. Nominees will be acknowledged and winners announced at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference January 27 at 1 p.m. at the PGA Merchandise Show in ClubING, Room 309.

A Q&A with LPGA Tour star Paula Creamer follows the presentation, and both events are open to all PGA Show attendees. The ING Industry Honors committee chair is Holly Geoghegan of Golf Marketing Services.

Here are summaries of the three finalists:

EWGA - For 20 years, the EWGA has been welcoming women into the game of golf, providing numerous programs to help them learn, play and enjoy golf for business and fun. From its mentoring program called Fairway Friends and its Ask the Industry Expert series of webinars to golf learning programs for all skill levels, the EWGA has provided more than 100,000 women with a wide array of resources and programs to improve their game. See the Learn tab at for a full list of the player development programs currently offered.

Tradition Golf Club in Charlotte was the leading golf course this year in the Get Golf Ready In Five Days program conducted by the World Golf Foundation and Golf 20/20. Tradition attracted 700 new golfers to the program this year, which is 300 more than the second-place course. The program includes basic instruction, on-course lessons, a range card and rounds of golf that help ensure that the new students become permanent golfers. Approximately 70 percent of the students are now golfing at Tradition, or at least using the range practice.

VSGA Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The Virginia State Golf Association created the foundation with the goal of "shaping a child's life through golf." The VSGA Foundation's Independence project is a dedicated effort to preserve, promote and grow the game that fosters self-reliance and builds character in all who play. The result is the Independence Golf Club and Robins Junior Golf Program. This first class facility and top-notch learning program has hosted over 16,000 children. The motto states, "We Are Shaping a Child's Life Through Golf". Fund-raising efforts have provided scholarships to children who would not be able to attend programs otherwise. A special emphasis is placed on at-risk children. Participants are given the opportunity to develop their citizenship skills as well as a good golf game.

About The ING
The International Network Of Golf is a 21-year-old, non-profit organization whose membership is open to anyone in the golf industry, related industries and media. ING's mission is to enhance and promote communication and education in golf.

ING is kicking off its 22nd year in the golf industry at the PGA Merchandise Show with many activities. ClubING (Room 309) will be open all day for members and their guests, with morning coffee, Happy Hour cocktail parties, education speakers, product displays, celebrity guests and entertainment, and prizes and giveaways.

Highlight of the year 2012 for ING is the 22nd Annual ING Spring Conference set for May 20-24, 2012 at Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort in Greenville, SC.

ING exists to bring golf media together with representatives from all walks of the golf industry to discuss issues, exchange information and improve communication.

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