Minnesota Golf Show brings signs of spring to downtown Minneapolis – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Sunday’s temperatures soared above 40 degrees, golf fans flocked indoors for a chance to prepare for the season ahead.

Hundreds of golf enthusiasts flocked to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the chance to make their picks for new equipment, gifts, and to check out the latest trends ahead of a summer on the green.

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“This weekend is a great weekend for golf,” said Andy Gerber, who is the course pro at Hidden Greens Golf Course. “We are so close to golf season. The golf season for the past two years will take place in about a month. »

Gerber, who also sits on the PGA of Minnesota‘s board of directors, says the sport continues to grow in popularity – a trend that began at the start of the pandemic.

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“We’re seeing huge growth among golfers in their 20s and 30s,” he said. “They’re really going out because there wasn’t much to do, and golf was something you could do during the whole pandemic.”

A main attraction of the event: the chance to win a new pontoon boat and $17,000 in cash, which was up for grabs for anyone who could land a 70-foot putt, followed by a 120-foot putt.

The $5 entry fee for the competition goes directly to First Tee, an organization dedicated to teaching golf to children in the Twin Cities who might not otherwise have access to the sport.

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“We want every child to be able to access golf and learn the inherent values ​​that come with it,” said Franco Zerna, the organization’s program director.

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