and a stage where PGA Professionals can conduct clinics to groups of 15 or more. The PGA Learning Center is available for people of all ages and will feature adult as well as junior golf clubs, with special benefits for American Express Cardmembers, such as complimentary Championship Vision handheld TVs, which showcase the live broadcast.
From the PGA Learning Center, spectators can step into the PGA
Performance Center presented by
Mercedes-Benz, which celebrates its new
partnership with The PGA of America.
Driving, both on the fairway and on the
open road, has dramatically evolved
through the years as a result of countless
designers and engineers whose innovations
have continuously propelled the standards
of performance. The PGA Performance
Center gives spectators an opportunity to
see and touch, providing an interactive
experience with the advancements that
have evolved the game of golf and the most
technologically advanced vehicle in its class
– the all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Spectators who carry an American Express Card are invited to visit the American Express Cardmember Club, located behind the 12th green. This climate-controlled pavilion features complimentary beverages and television monitors with live PGAChampionship action. Simply show your American Express Card for complimentary access to this facility.
The traditional PGA Championship Community Relations Youth Clinic will be conducted Aug. 10, at the Chaska Par 30 course. It will bring together some 30 Minnesota PGA Professionals and 250
Above: PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka officially opens the PGA Championship History Exhibit in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Galleria in Edina, Minn. Below: PGA Professional Terri Anthony-Ryan conducted a clinic in the PGA Learning Center at the 2008 PGA Championship.
Asampling of what’s taking place during PGA Championship Week:
Monday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 16
• PGA Championship History Exhibit, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Galleria, Edina, Minn.
• PGA Learning Center presented by American Express, all day, Hazeltine National Golf Club
• PGA Performance Center presented by Mercedes-Benz, all day, Hazeltine National Golf Club
Monday, Aug. 10
• PGA Community Relations Youth Clinic, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Chaska Par 30 course
• Play Golf America Day, 4-7 p.m., Chaska Town Course
Wednesday, Aug. 12
• PGA Distinguished Service Award Dinner (invitation-only), State Theatre, Downtown Minneapolis
• E WGA Reception, evening, Hazeltine National Golf Club
For a more updated schedule of events, go to PGA.com.
Schedule of Events
youngsters representing youth groups, charities and organizations in the greater Minneapolis area.
The youngsters will be entertained by the renowned Dennis Walters Golf Show, featuring the trick shot artistry and life lessons program by the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award winner and PGA Honorary Member from Jupiter, Fla. The clinic also includes free PGA instruction and later the opportunity to view a practice round of the PGA Championship.
Adult golf enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a Play Golf America Day at Chaska Town Course from 4 to 7 p.m., including free lessons from nearly 20 PGA Professionals and the opportunity to be part of equipment demonstrations.
The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), which was founded in 1991 and has more than 121 U.S. Chapters, will present “Connect with the Golf Lifestyle” event on Aug. 12, at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The event includes a reception, a tour that includes stops at the PGA Championship Golf Shop, the Media Center and the Rules headquarters, followed by a visit to the PGA Learning Center for complimentary 10-minute lessons from PGA Professionals.
The reception in The PGA of America Hospitality Chalet is intended to attract businesswomen throughout the greater Minneapolis and Southern Minnesota area. ●
TOP:DOUGLAS G. ASHLEY/THE PGA OF AMERICA; BOTTOM: MONTANA PRITCHARD/THE PGA OF AMERICA
Bob Denney is The PGA of
America’s senior association writer.