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The PGA of America is the only source to offer official hospitality packages on-site during the championship …

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - As excitement builds throughout upstate New York about hosting the upcoming 2013 PGA Championship, The PGA of America and Oak Hill Country Club are thrilled by the response that they have received from companies both regionally and nationally who are participating in the event. To date, sales have exceeded initial projections and as a result, an "expansion plan" is being released with additional hospitality packages being offered.

The PGA Championship is one of golf's four major championships and due to high demand and limited availability; it has become common practice for independent entertainment companies to market unofficial hospitality packages to the local corporate community. These packages often falsely imply an affiliation with The PGA of America and 2013 PGA Championship and do not provide access to hospitality on the grounds of the Championship.

The PGA of America is advising local companies to check the source before purchasing corporate hospitality packages for the event, to be held August 5 to 11, 2013 at Oak Hill Country Club. The PGA of America is the only source to offer official hospitality packages on-site during the championship at Oak Hill Country Club.

"Unauthorized hospitality packages reel people in at nearly every major event, sometimes providing customers an experience different than what they were sold," said Ryan Cannon, Director of the 2013 PGA Championship. "We strongly encourage those interested in purchasing hospitality for the 2013 PGA Championship to be aware of misleading packages."

As the only authorized sales force with official on-site 2013 PGA Championship hospitality packages, The PGA of America and Oak Hill Country Club have developed creative hospitality offerings at various price points for companies of all sizes. Packages are available to accommodate anywhere from 10-200 people per day and include locations both inside the clubhouse and on-course. Hospitality packages are all-inclusive, providing a premium on-site experience with parking, food and beverage along with other exclusive amenities. An added benefit for clients is the PGA's concierge service that can help with accommodations, ground transportation, and other entertainment options in the area.

"The 2013 PGA Championship will mark the only major championship to be held in the state of New York until 2018 so we feel it's important to stress that the only way to get the full experience on the grounds of Oak Hill Country Club is through official hospitality packages sold by The PGA of America," said Marty Glavin, General Chairman for The 2013 PGA Championship.

"We encourage businesses to be aware of what they're actually paying for when buying corporate hospitality and strongly recommend that they contact the on-site championship staff prior to purchasing to ensure that they are not being misled by third party brokers," said Jim Merkley, Executive Chair of Marketing for The 2013 PGA Championship.

For more information or questions regarding other hospitality sales offers, please contact John Handley, Championship Manager of Sales and Marketing for The 2013 PGA Championship at (585) 295-1413 or jhandley@pgahq.com.

About the PGA ChampionshipThe 2013 PGA Championship will be played August 5-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club, Pittsford, N.Y. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy; including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

About the PGA of America Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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