Southwest Section PGA To Partner with the WNBA & the Phoenix Mercury

Mercury The Southwest Section PGA and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA) have partnered with the WNBA to host “WNBA/PGA Play Golf America Day.” The event is scheduled before and during a Phoenix Mercury game at U.S. Airways Center in downtown Phoenix on August 29, 2009.

The WNBA contest pits the Mercury, currently in first place in the Western Conference, against the Connecticut Sun in a 7 p.m. start.

Southwest Section PGAAs part of the promotion, the Southwest Section PGA will have access to discounted tickets for its 1,400 plus members. In addition, the Scottsdale-based organization will have several PGA Professionals onsite prior to the game to provide complimentary swing tips at an inflatable net in the plaza outside the arena   The golf pro’s will also offer short game lessons to fans at a putting green inside U.S. Airways Center.

Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA)The AWGA, Arizona's leader in women's golf since 1924, will also have access to tickets for its 25,000 members, will set up a table to distribute information, and host a putting contest. Fans will be encouraged to fill out registration forms from the SWSPGA that will enter them in a raffle to win free golf foursomes and equipment.

The Phoenix Mercury will promote the PGA of America through a public service announcement on its scoreboard.

WNBA/PGA Play Golf America DayThere are several other pre-game activities planned. Vito Berlingeri, marketing director for the Southwest Section PGA, said a local PGA member, along with a representative of women’s golf, will speak to a group of underserved girls from Carl Hayden High School in an effort to teach the young women about golf etiquette. Another AWGA ambassador will address Mercury season ticket holders.  “This should be a great evening for everyone who participates,” Berlingeri said. “We’re looking forward to it on many levels.”

The Mercury will also host “Back to School Night” on the 29th, the Mercury’s annual back to school celebration encourages fans to bring a pair of pajamas (child or adult) to benefit the Pajama Program, which provides clothes to families in shelters across Arizona.

As part of the Play Golf America experience, 13 PGA of America sections are coordinating a “Game Day Experience” in the 13 WNBA markets.

Ms. Lesley Factor, Phoenix Mercury;; (602) 514-8370              
Ms. Mary Pomroy; Arizona Women's Golf Association;; (602) 253-5655
Mr. Vito Berlingeri
; Southwest Section PGA;; (480) 443-9002



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