Beginners aren’t just welcome at the Northern Indiana Golf Show; for many of the exhibitors and golfing professionals there, beginners are the grand prize.Show him even a fledgling interest in the game, and Rick Hemsoth, manager of golf operations for the city of Fort Wayne, is ready to share his lifelong passion for the sport.
“It’s just you and Mother Nature and the ball,” he says. “If you can get beyond the early frustration of the game being difficult, then it becomes a serious love.”
Hemsoth, 62, is a PGA professional, and when the Golf Show opens today at Memorial Coliseum, he’ll be among the area pros offering pointers and lessons at the show.The show includes about 40 exhibitors and vendors. Naturally it’s a golf-heavy line-up, from sponsoring presenter Bobick’s Golf Headquarters to many other golf retailers, courses and resorts.
Simulators at the show will allow visitors to work on their games inside the Coliseum Conference Center and to take part in contests for the longest drive and closest to the pin. The closest-to-the-pin competition includes a chance to win $10,000 if players in a final shoot-out make a hole-in-one on the 153-yard hole.
The first 200 people through the doors each day will receive Fort Wayne Magazine’s Golf Guide and a free round of golf from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Everyone who attends will receive a free subscription to Golf Digest.
Besides Bobick’s and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, major sponsors of Fort Wayne Newspapers’ Northern Indiana Golf Show include ODaniel Automart/Mazda, Golf Passport and 96.3 XKE.
On the simulated green
The Northern Indiana Golf Show is open from 3-8 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Admission is $8 per day; children 5 and younger are free. Veterans receive a $2 discount on admission.
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