A hugely entertaining and informative lineup of speakers will grace the 2019 Oklahoma Golf Expo Jan. 25-26 at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills.
Five-time PGA Tour champion and golf innovator and business leader Danny Edwards and two-time World Long Drive Champion and LDA founder Art Sellinger, both are lively and entertaining speakers and will be on stage both Friday and Saturday.
“Art Sellinger is a rock star at these kind of venues,” said Tim Johnson, general manager of the Golf Club of Oklahoma and long-time friend of Sellinger. “He tells great stories and is energetic, enthusiastic and very engaging with the audience. Everyone who comes out to hear him will have a great time.”
Edwards will explain a new chipping system he has devised called The Chipping Equation, which simplifies the setup and ball striking needed to consistently save shots around the green.
“This system is so simple and so good,” said Edwards, a former member of the famed Oak Tree Gang that played out of Oak Tree National in Edmond. “You don’t need great athleticism or strength, you put physics on your side.”
Tracy Phillips, whom many regard as the teaching equal of his mentor Hank Haney, will be on stage Saturday. Phillips, a renowned short game wizard, is now the director of instruction at FlyingTee in Jenks.
Janice Gibson, the executive director of The First Tee of Tulsa, will give a clinic oriented towards juniors at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Following her talk there will be a special SNAG Golf contest in the lobby with great prizes for juniors 14 and under.
For those wondering about all the new rules in 2019, don’t miss the Saturday seminar by Holley Hair, director of instruction at LaFortune Park Golf Course and former University of Tulsa head coach and national champion player.
Tentative Speaker lineup:
(lineup subject to change, check back here)
11:30 a.m., Danny Edwards
12:30 p.m., Art Sellinger
1:15 p.m. Jim Young
2 p.m Tracy Phillips
10 a.m., Janice Gibson
11 a.m. Danny Edwards
Noon, Holley Hair
1 p.m. Art Sellinger
2 p.m. Tracy Phillips
The 1969 Oklahoma State High School golf champion from Edmond, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, Member 1973 US Walker Cup Team, 5 Time Winner on the PGA Tour plus Winner Japanese Masters Tournament, selected One of the “Top 100 Professional Golfers” of the Modern Era (Golf Digest Magazine), competed in over 50 Major Championships including 7 Masters Tournaments, Founder Executive Golf Outings, Founder Royal Grip, Inc., Founder GreenFix Golf Inc., professional race car driver for Kaufmann Racing and his latest venture “The Chipping Equation”.
A two-time National Long Drive Champion and founder of the Long Drivers of America (LDA), Sellinger has performed over 2,100 shows in 30 countries. He played professionally across the globe and has produced and commentated on more than 40 long drive shows for ESPN. Owns Sellinger’s Power Golf Studios.
The nation’s top-ranked junior in 1979 and 1980, Phillips has a long and distinguished teaching career including stops at Tee Town Golf Ranch, Cedar Ridge Country Club and now director of instruction at FlyingTee. He still excels on the course as well, winning South Central Section Player of the Year honors in 2011 and Senior Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015.
PGA Teaching Professional Jim Young from River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond. Jim is a native Tulsan, graduating from Jenks High School in 1988. Jim played collegiately at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1993. Jim was the South Central Section PGA Player of the Year in 2018. He has also been named SCPGA Western Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2017 and was awarded the Western Oklahoma Player Development Award in 2016 and 2017. Jim currently lives in Edmond with his wife Ann and their two sons.
The Executive Director of the First Tee of Tulsa, Gibson is a member of the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame and this month was inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame. A long-time competitor on the LPGA Tour and former All-American at Oklahoma State, Gibson has helped build the Tulsa First Tee Chapter into an amazing success story, reaching tens of thousands of young folks each year from its home at Mohawk Park and through its outreach programs in schools and communities.
Holley is the director of instruction at LaFortune Park Golf Course in Tulsa. A former co-owner of Tee Town Golf Ranch and the head coach of the University of Tulsa women’s golf team from 2002-2006, Hair was a member of the TU team from 1981-85. The 1982 team won both the NCAA and AIAW national championships. She has been a three-time LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year.