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Imperial Headwear, the hometown hat of the Gateway PGA

BOURBON, MO - Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in their Annual Member Survey the last four consecutive years, announced their continued partnership with the Gateway PGA Section, and the creation of the Imperial – “The Hometown Hat of the Gateway PGA” Program.

Imperial’s headquarters are just outside St. Louis, Missouri, which is also home to the Gateway PGA Section. Included in the partnership agreement between the two local organizations, Imperial will be the Title Sponsor of the Imperial Headwear Pro-Assistant Championship.

Ozzie Smith — Imperial

Imperial will also provide all of the officially branded staff headwear for the Gateway PGA, Junior PGA, and participants of the Gateway PGA Pro Am tournaments in 2021-2022.

“Imperial is very proud of our strong relationship with the Gateway PGA Section and we are happy to continue the partnership,” said Mike Wrightson, President of Imperial Headwear. “Our ties to the St. Louis community and the PGA of America are very important to our Company.”

Imperial recently supported the Gateway PGA’s most prominent events hosted by hall of famer Ozzie Smith, The Annual Ozzie & Friends Pro-Am Tournament. Imperial created a unique cap with style X210P featuring a 3D Insignia of Ozzie Smith doing one of his signature backflips on the front. The annual event is held every year at the Country Club of St. Albans. Proceeds benefit the Gateway PGA Section and PGA Reach Foundation.

“The Gateway PGA is honored to have Imperial Headwear headquartered in the same section in which we serve our PGA Members,” said Ali Wells, Executive Director of the Gateway PGA. “Imperial is the Hometown Hat of the PGA, we value that relationship and look forward to our continued partnership and dedication to grow the game of golf in the area we both call home”.

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About Imperial Headwear
Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer of premium quality headwear, apparel and accessories for the golf market. Imperial’s products can be found at 97 of the Top 100 and over 70% of the Top 400 golf courses in the United States. The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) has voted Imperial the #1 golf headwear brand for four consecutive years.

Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear and apparel with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative fabrics and designs, as well as logo decoration and embellishment technologies.

For further information please visit or call (800) 950-1916. Follow Imperial Headwear on Twitter and Instagram at @ImperialHats and on Facebook at

About Gateway PGA
The Gateway PGA is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the game of golf and improving the vocation of the golf professional in Missouri and Illinois. The Gateway PGA is one of the 41 sections of the PGA of America.  This section has more than 330 professionals and apprentices working in Eastern and Central Missouri as well as Southern and Central Illinois.  The Gateway PGA conducts more than 145 golf tournaments annually for professional, amateur, and junior golfers throughout these territories.  Each year, nearly 4,000 juniors take part in junior golf offerings provided by the Gateway PGA.

The Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is the charitable arm of the Gateway PGA.  The Foundation utilizes the influence and of its local golf community to improve lives.  Specifically, the Foundation serves veterans through year-around golf programming and partners with organizations who impact the lives of underserved youth.  Since 2013, Gateway PGA REACH has provided over $500,000 in funding to help make a difference in the lives of individuals across the Gateway. St Louis Cardinal great and Baseball Hall of Fame Member, Ozzie Smith, is the President of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation.

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Tori Venti
Marketing Coordinator
Imperial Headwear