The Hood and Associates Oklahoma Golf Expo is back Jan. 25-26 with a new location, new sponsor, new speakers and bargains for golf lovers.

The CPA firm of Hood and Associates is the new title sponsor, while the venue will move to the Marriott Tulsa at Southern Hills.

Billed as a two-day golf party, expo visitors can test the latest equipment from major manufacturers, find deals on equipment and apparel, learn about regional golf destinations, win door prizes and compete via TrackMan and Foresight in straightest drive, closest to the pin, putting and other contests.

Guest speakers will include two-time world long drive champion and LDA founder Art Sellinger and five-time PGA Tour winner and Oklahoma golf legend Danny Edwards, as well as a lineup of local instructors, such as Tracy Phillips, Jim Young, Holley Hair and Janice Gibson.

The indoor hitting net will feature representatives from major manufacturers, including Ping, TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway and Cleveland, as well as two contests and a representative from GolfTec Tulsa.

Tickets are available in advance at golfoklahoma.org for $9 and $7 for seniors 65 and over. Tickets at the door will be $10 and $8 for seniors. Speaker and demonstration schedules also are available atgolfoklahoma.org, just click on the Expo tab.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 25 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 26. There will be a happy hour Friday from 3-6 p.m. with music, free beer while it lasts, a visit from Hooters Girls and $6 entry for all.

Just for attending, patrons will be given the new Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail Giveaway Passport. Passport users receive complimentary greens fees at all 13 of the Lake of the Ozarks’ courses. All you’ll have to pay is a cart fee each time you play.

The PGA Golf Pass, offering free rounds at more than 100 courses in Oklahoma, Arkansas and southern Kansas, also will be available for a special show rate of $40, nearly a 20 percent discount.

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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389