Industry leaders share insights on coaching, growing the game and enhancing the experience
Orlando, Florida, January 22, 2018-The accelerating sophistication of digital technology is speeding changes in every facet of the game-how it’s played, taught, shared, coached and even where you can enjoy the pleasures of golf.
With advances in internet-based technologies and hardware, the grand old game can now be enjoyed on indoor simulators in homes and bars, and on lavish ranges that resemble nightclubs. Launch monitors are ubiquitous on THE PGA Tour and at your local club. And golfers are collecting their stats with GPS-shot tracking devices and sharing their data with their friends and PGA Professionals.
In an effort to provide insights on the impact and future of golf and electronic technology, the most influential leaders in the burgeoning sector are coming together for a panel discussion at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show that will no doubt go viral.
Hosted by Matt Adams of The Golf Channel, the panel is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 2 p.m. on the main Forum stage of the Orange County Convention Center during the PGA Merchandise Show, the world’s largest golf trade show.
The panel represents a rare opportunity to hear the leaders in the golf and tech industry on one stage in an interactive setting with a live audience of golf industry members. The panel includes:
• Rick Clemmer, CEO NXP
• Andrew Macaulay, CTO Topgolf Entertainment Group
• Jon Watters, Vice President Foresight Golf
• Ryan Dotters, CEO, Full Swing Golf
• Martin Manniche, CEO Greenwave Systems, Chair GAMEGOLF
• John McGuire, CEO GAMEGOLF
• Dave Phillips, Co-founder Titleist Performance Institute, PGA
• Jeff Whitt, EVP Century Golf, PGA
NXP Semiconductors, which creates solutions that
enable secure connections for a smarter world. Building on its expertise in high-
performance mixed-signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the areas of
connected cars, cyber security, and portables and wearables.
Rick Clemmer is President and CEO of on the board of NCR Corporation.
Mr. Clemmer also serves
Andrew Macaulay is CTO of Topgolf Entertainment Group. He is responsible for the cohesive technology strategy across the group, innovation opportunities and development of all technology solutions that enhance the guest experience. Topgolf blends technology, entertainment and golf at Topgolf venues that feature high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays at more than 40 locations worldwide. Mr. Macaulay also leads activation of next-generation Topgolf games.
Jon Watters is Vice President of Foresights Sports, a total technology provider with
more than 10,000 GC launch monitors and golf simulation solutions in use in retail
stores, driving ranges, commercial facilities, and homes worldwide. A 20-plus year golf
industry veteran, Mr. Watters is a Founding Partner at Foresight Sports.
Ryan Dotters is CEO of Full Swing Golf, the worldwide leader in cutting edge indoor golf
simulation technology, which features dual tracking technology that delivers superior
ball tracking data. Mr. Dotters joined Full Swing Golf in September 2013 and became
CEO in January 2015 while simultaneously signing a partnership deal with Tiger Woods.
Martin Manniche is Founder, Chair and CEO of Greenwave Systems, the leading provider of a horizontal services platform that enables intelligent endpoints on a managed network. He is also the chair of GAMEYOURGAME, INC. Mr. Manniche has founded or co-founded nine companies, leveraging increasingly complex technologies and amassing over 140 innovation awards and 11 global firsts in his career.
John McGuire is CEO and Founder of GAMEYOURGAME INC, creators of a real-life digital sports platform, founded in 2011. GAME GOLF is based on the Game platform, and is for athletes and sports enthusiasts who want to see, share, compete and compare their game with pros and peers. Mr. McGuire is an entrepreneur, and worked as a software engineer and in behavioral sports psychology.
Dave Phillips is Co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), the world’s first true golf performance facility that looks at every aspect of a player’s game, from equipment fitting to biomechanics and the human body. He has been a member of the PGA of America since 1993, a Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher since 2000 and he is a Golf Digest Top 50 teacher in America.
Jeff Whitt is Principal for Century Golf Partners and Senior Vice President of Operations, and oversees American Golf and APGM’s daily fee and resort clubs. Century Golf has managed and operated more than 500 golf courses, which combined represent more than $6 billion in golf, hospitality and real estate assets. Mr. Whitt has been a member of the PGA of America for more than 20 years.
Matt Adams is a veteran broadcaster who contributes to a number of Golf Channel programs, provides analysis for Golf Central and for televised golf events. He also hosts
the award-winning satellite radio show, “Fairways of Life,” which airs on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. A best-selling author, Mr. Adams has designed clubs for Nicklaus, MacGregor, Ram and Wilson, and worked as a golf course operator.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from leaders in golf and technology, and gain access to high-level content at a milestone event that will be the subject of discussion for weeks to come.
Note: MSR Education credits are awarded for attending the panel
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Tim O’Connor, Media Relations, GAMEGOLF
David Kelly, Marketing, GAMEGOLF