VEGAS PGA SHOW CALLED OFF: It seems there are very few areas of commerce that have not been disrupted in some way by the recent terrorist attacks. One casualty in golf is the PGA Fall Expo, the annual golf show that was scheduled for September 24-26 this year in Las Vegas. Reed Exhibition, the company that runs the show since buying it from the PGA of America in 1998, called off the show once it became clear that exhibitors would have trouble making it to the show.
After the September 11 attacks, some exhibitors chose not to travel to the show. Travel restrictions and increased airport security in the wake of the attacks would make it harder to get to Vegas, for sure. But the larger problem was the exhibit materials themselves, the products and partitions that would make up the actual booths. Much of the material is outside the United States, say some exhibitors, and emergency embargoes make it difficult or impossible to bring those items into the country.
LEONARD SWITCHES AGENCIES: 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard has moved his representation business from Octagon to Hambric Sports Management. He instantly becomes the agencys biggest name, although the other players Hambric represents certainly arent slouches. The roster includes Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Bob Estes and newcomers Jeff Quinney and Charles Howell III.
Veteran agent David Winkle will be handling Leonards affairs. Winkle had recruited Leonard when Leonard graduated from the University of Texas in 1994.
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