Thursday, February 21, 2013

Five ING Spring Conference Attendees Will Earn Trip to World Golfers Championship National Finals

(LAKE MARY, FL) - Five golfers will have the chance to play their way into the 2013 World Golfers Amateur Tour Championship National Finals when they compete at the 23rd Annual ING Spring Conference May 19-23 at beautiful Reunion Resort in Orlando, FL.

Anyone in the golf industry or media is invited to attend the conference, conducted by the non-profit International Network of Golf, where media and the golf industry connect. Industry executives from companies large and small, and from every segment of the industry, will join golf media of all types at this annual gathering.

The WGAT National Qualifier will take place Monday of the conference week on the Watson Course at Reunion, ranked among the top 100 resort courses in the world by Golfweek This individual net stroke play event will be divided into five flights based on handicap. The winner of each flight will advance to the WGC National Finals in Mesquite, NV, in September with all on-site expenses covered. Flight winners at the national competition will then advance to the WGC World Finals in South Africa as a member of Team USA.

The ING competition is sanctioned by the World Golfers Amateur Tour USA, a series of tournaments across the U.S. leading into the national finals at Mesquite. This is the second year that ING has hosted a national qualifying tournament for WGAT. Visit for more information.

The host course for the ING qualifier is the Watson Course at Reunion, designed by Hall of Famer Tom Watson. Highlighted by fast, firm and wide rolling fairways, a variety of strategically placed bunkers and large greens, the 7,257 yard, par 72 Watson Course is as much about strategy as it is about length. Demanding a well thought out approach from every player regardless of skill level, this course puts a premium on a solid short game with spacious green complexes where club selection can vary from putter to lob wedge to three-wood.

The Arnold Palmer Course at Reunion will host the 6th Annual Durland Cup team scramble on Wednesday. That competition is named in honor of former ING Golf Committee Chairman Larry Durland.

The 2013 ING Spring Conference will welcome approximately 160 people from all walks of the golf industry and media. The popular One-On-One Appointment Show has been expanded to two days, and the educational format has been revised to feature more customized choices.

Approximately 20 companies are expected to display their products for testing in the Demo Lab.

Reunion Resort is located only 25 minutes southwest of the Orlando International Airport, and is part of the newly established Grand Golf Resorts of Florida - a Salamander Collection - along with 2011 ING host Innisbrook Resort near Tampa and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.

Along with the three diverse golf courses by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Reunion is also home to the ANNIKA Academy of Annika Sorenstam, and the Frankly Putting PAD of Frank Thomas.

ING attendees will be treated to the incredible 3-bedroom villas for their accommodations. The villas average approximately 2,200 square feet. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and TV, and shares a spacious and well-appointed living room and kitchen with the other two bedrooms. Each villa also features a balcony and flat-screen TVs.

The ING Conference is open to everyone in the golf industry and media. For more information, visit For more information regarding Reunion Resort, visit


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