Sunday, January 07, 2001

Golf show eases the cold




By Patrick Stack
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After weeks of cold, snowy weather, area golfers made their own winter outings to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center this weekend.

        The center was the site of the North Coast Golf Show, which continues today. More than 190 booths at the show attracted about 4,000 to 5,000 people as of Saturday afternoon, said Joe Stegh, show manager for Cleveland-based North Coast Golf Shows.

IF YOU GO

  What: North Coast Golf Show.
  Where: Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington.
  When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
  Admission: $6.50 adults; $5 seniors; 12 and under free.
  More info: www.northcoastgolfshows.com.
        “(Golfers) won't be playing for a few months, and it's a mid-winter fix for these people,” he said.

        People strolled past rows of golf bags, shoes and clothing, taking practice swings and trying on pullovers as they went.

        More than 150 vendors attended the show, offering everything from wooden putters to women's lipstick that won't rub off on a golf-shirted shoulder during a backswing. The show also included golf demonstrations and a longest-drive contest for patrons.

        Many golfers made the trip to Kentucky to plan larger trips throughout the country. Jack Sandman, 53, a Cinergy salesman from Mount Washington who attended the show with his son T.J., 13, has taken a golf vacation to Florida the past 25 years.

        “I thought maybe I'd pick up some equipment to get me in the mood,” Mr. Sandman said. “I go with the same 24 guys every year.”

        Rick and Cheryl McGuire, both 48 and self-described “hackers,” were at the show to pick up golf prints to bring along on their retirement to South Carolina.

        “We look forward to this show every year,” he said.

        Mark Goins, 29, and Kiellee Bertsch, 22, attended the show from Mason.

        “I saw this on TV and I figured we might as well head down here,” Mr. Goins said.

        “His eyes lit up,” Ms. Bertsch added.
       

       



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