NORWALK, Conn. and OMAHA, Neb. (November 16, 2023) – PGA Golf Exhibitions and Jim Beatty Golf Ventures announced today the winners of the third annual “Share Your Story” contest for exhibitors of the 2023 African American Golf EXPO and Forum, held Aug. 19-22, in Louisville, Ky. First-place winner Golf Marie US, a colorful women’s apparel start-up, receives complimentary exhibit space at the 71st PGA Show, the longest running and largest global business gathering, January 23-26, 2024, in Orlando, Fla. Second-place finisher Ebony Greens, also a fashion-forward newcomer to the golf industry, receives a 50 percent discount on PGA Show exhibit space.
The African American Golf EXPO and Forum is organized to support and grow interest, careers and opportunities for African Americans and other communities currently underrepresented in the sport. PGA Golf Exhibitions continued its support of the third annual EXPO and Forum and again sponsored the “Share Your Story” contest, where exhibitors submitted a short video of their brand backstory and overcoming challenges to achieve their business goals.
“The efforts of PGA Golf Exhibitions are making a difference in the ability of African American merchandisers of golf products to participate and grow in the $102 Billion golf industry,” said Jim Beatty, founder of the African American Golf Expo and Forum and publisher of African American Golfer's Digest. “I am humbled and thankful for their commitment and support. I encourage other companies to follow their lead and to make Diversity a priority. This impacts people’s lives and helps the industry grow in all sectors of America.”
“We value the relationship that continues to grow with Jim Beatty and the African American Golf Expo & Forum,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Vice President Marc Simon. “We are proud to support the event and offer the contest as an additional path to welcome diverse brands to the golf business community. PGA Golf Exhibitions is strongly aligned with the goals of
growing involvement by underrepresented communities in the sport and business of golf.”
The PGA Show, organized by the PGA of America and PGA Golf Exhibitions, will reunite the golf industry for the 71st edition of golf’s longest running and largest global business gathering. The 2024 PGA Show will bring together thousands of PGA of America Golf Professionals, golf leaders, industry executives and retailers from around the world who will source new products from nearly 1,000 golf and golf lifestyle brands, attend high-level industry presentations, participate in education and career workshops, and connect in person with peers and golf leaders to drive continued growth of the sport and the business of golf. Attendance at the PGA Show is open exclusively to PGA of America Golf Professionals and golf industry personnel. Learn more about the event and registration guidelines at PGAShow.com.
The African American Golf EXPO and Forum was founded and is organized by Jim Beatty Golf Ventures, a golf management company based in Omaha, Neb. The mission of the African American Golf EXPO and Forum is to promote the game, business, careers and opportunities in the $102 Billion golf industry to African Americans.