BOURBON, MO – Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in their 2016 Member Survey, announced a multi-year partnership with the Gateway PGA.

Imperial Headwear’s headquarters is just outside St. Louis, Missouri, which is also home to the Gateway PGA Section. Included in the partnership agreement between the two local organizations, Imperial will become “The Hometown Hat of the Gateway PGA” and also a Platinum Sponsor, which is the highest partnership offered by the Section.

“The Gateway PGA is extremely proud to announce a partnership with Imperial Headwear,” said Josh Riley, Executive Director of the Gateway PGA Section. “It’s great to have a leading brand in the golf industry step forward and support their hometown PGA Section the way Imperial has today.”

Also included in the partnership, Imperial Headwear will:

  • Become the title sponsor of the Gateway PGA’s “Imperial Headwear Pro-Assistant” taking place on August 7th at St. Clair Country Club.
  • Sponsor the 8th Annual Ozzie Smith Pro-Am to benefit PGA REACH on June 11-12th at the Country Club of St. Albans.
  • Become a Supporting Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Gateway PGA Las Vegas Pro-Am.
  • Participate in the Gateway PGA’s Quad Pro Event on Monday, March 27th at Whitmoor Country Club.
  • Sponsor the Gateway PGA’s Spring Membership Meeting.
  • Provide headwear to the staff, interns and volunteers of the Gateway PGA, Junior PGA and Foundation.

“Imperial Headwear has a tremendous 100-year history but we are relatively new to the Greater St. Louis area,” said Mike Wrightson, general manager at Imperial Headwear. “So we are very grateful to be working closely with our home section of the PGA and showing our commitment to those golf professionals who help grow the game.”

Imperial Headwear, which celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary in 2016, was founded in Denver, Colorado but acquired by the Paramount Apparel International in 2012. Paramount is based in Bourbon, Missouri and moved operations there in 2013.

For more information about Imperial Headwear, please contact your local sales representative, visit or call (800) 950-1916.

About Imperial Headwear

Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear for the golf market. Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative fabrics and designs, as well as logo and embroidery technologies. For further information please visit or call (800) 950-1916. Follow Imperial Headwear on Twitter and Instagram at @ImperialHats and on Facebook at Imperial Headwear’s 100th Anniversary video can be viewed at

About Gateway PGA

The Gateway PGA is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the game of golf and improving the vocation of the golf professional in Missouri and Illinois. The Gateway PGA is one of the 41 sections of the PGA of America. This section has more than 330 professionals and apprentices working in Eastern and Central Missouri as well as Southern and Central Illinois. The Gateway PGA conducts more than 145 golf tournaments annually for professional, amateur, and junior golfers throughout these territories. Each year, nearly 4,000 juniors take part in junior golf offerings provided by the Gateway PGA.

The Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is the charitable arm of the Gateway PGA. The Foundation utilizes the influence and of its local golf community to improve lives. Specifically, the Foundation serves veterans through year-around golf programming and partners with organizations who impact the lives of underserved youth. Since 2013, Gateway PGA REACH has provided over $500,000 in funding to help make a difference in the lives of individuals across the Gateway. St Louis Cardinal great and Baseball Hall of Fame Member, Ozzie Smith, is the President of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation.

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David Shaffer

Director of Marketing

Imperial Headwear


Josh Riley

Executive Director

Gateway PGA