The Ontario PGA hopes a meeting with executives of the Canadian Golf Industry Association in early June will lead to CGIA member companies participating in its 2011 buying show, which has moved to new dates in August. You can read the original announcement on those new Ontario dates and venue by clicking here.
Ontario PGA president Dustin Kerr-Taylor met with CGIA executive director Keith Keindel last Thursday to discuss the CGIA’s concerns about the August show and it was agreed to bring his association’s and the CGIA’s boards of directors together at a date yet to be determined.
The main concern on the part of the CGIA is whether Ontario golf professionals will attend the August show in significant numbers, but there are others, according to Keindel.
“One of the problems with the date is when you move it back into August, you’ve got all the hard goods suppliers who don’t have samples and I guess one of the questions is do you believe that you’re going to get more pros out in August than what you get out in October?” said Keindel.
Many of those concerns have also been voiced by the CGIA to the PGA of British Columbia, which has been planning a couple of shows, one in August and one in November, according to Keindel.
“We sent them a letter telling them what our concerns were and we haven’t heard back,” said Keindel, adding that attendance is a concern in both provinces.
“(B.C.) switched venues. They’ve moved from being out in Penticton to moving into Vancouver. Their claim there is that that will improve the attendance, but we have some of the same issues, which is do you believe you’re going to get more pros to show up in August when they wouldn’t come in October,” he added.
Kerr-Taylor believes Ontario pros will respond to the new dates and he hopes to get that message across.
“The Ontario PGA is right now working forward to find the best possible solution that best fits our partners and our association,” he said.
“For us, we firmly believe that our professionals will support the show. The reality is that the PGA show in October, the numbers were decreasing every year,” said Kerr-Taylor, pointing out that was the reason for changing to summer dates.
“It needed a change. Our reasoning for doing the show was listening to the apparel manufacturers wanting to get their orders in at such an early date,” he said, adding that the hard goods selling cycle is ongoing throughout the year.
“In August, most (golf facilities) have more staff. At the end of October, you’re on a skeleton staff – some people have a hard time going. This way, there’s more staff around and the reality is there’s time to take a day (to attend the buying show),” said Kerr-Taylor.
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