The Honda Classic links female business leaders

While the golf pros were preparing for The Honda Classic on Tuesday, about 200 of Palm Beach County’s most successful women spent the day learning how to use the sport as a business tool.

The sixth annual Executive Women’s Day held at the PGA National Resort & Spa is one of a series of events the PGA Tour will conduct across the country this year that are geared to female business leaders. The event is designed to get more women interested in golf and give local executives a networking opportunity. img_0218

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Speakers on Tuesday’s panel told the group how they advanced in their careers and gave advice about how to deal with everything from negotiating to juggling both a demanding career and a family.

“Not everyday is perfect, and not every day is equally balanced,” said Wendy Selig-Prieb, one of two keynote speakers at Tuesday’s event.

Selig-Prieb, and executive, entrepreneur, board member and speaker, spent 15 years working with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, serving as the organization’s general counsel, president and CEO and chairman.

Nancy Henderson, the Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA and one of five women to address Tuesday’s crowd, said golf can be a valuable tool for female business leaders, adding that it doesn’t matter how well you play the sport.

“Only 8 percent of all golfers ever break 100,” she said.

The sport has seen growth among younger female players, Henderson said.
“Thirty-three percent of all juniors playing golf are girls,” Henderson said. “That is going to translate into more women playing golf.”

 

Honda Classic sees record attendance

Even without crowd magnets Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing on the weekend, The Honda Classic drew a record-breaking number of spectators this year thanks to picture-perfect weather conditions, organizers said Monday.

Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

This year’s week-long event attracted 202,128 spectators to PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, beating the pervious record set in 2014 – the last time the tournament had perfect weather. The 2014 tournament drew 193,052 people.

The weather was a reversal from last year’s tournament, when heavy rains and winds canceled a day of play and forced a Monday finish. This year’s attendance was 36,928 higher than the weather-plagued 2015 event, which drew 165,200 spectators.

“This is a tribute to the connection that The Honda Classic has made with the community,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “People enjoy coming out to the tournament and they have a great time once they are here. It really has become the place to be every year and people keep bringing more of their friends.”

The annual tournament is the largest sporting event in Palm Beach County — drawing more spectators than any other game or athletic competition.

Organizers estimate the event pumps roughly $45 million into the local economy each year.