The allied associations in Virginia and Maryland were proud to host a regional golf conference at Belle Haven Country Club on March 6. Speakers from 5 national organizations presented and interacted with over 160 attendees from the golf industry about the future of the game. National speakers included Jay Karen, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA); Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA); John Easterbrook, PGA, CMO of the PGA of America; Craig Annis, Director of Communications from the USGA; and James Cramer, Director of Communications for World Golf Foundation.
The event was organized and run by the Mid Atlantic Golf Council, made up of the local golf associations (Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA, Virginia State GA, Maryland State GA, Mid Atlantic Chapter of NGCOA, 3 local chapters of the CMAA, Washington Metropolitan GA, Middle Atlantic GA, and 3 chapters of the GCSAA). These organizations came together as an organization to provide state wide Economic Impact Studies, Best Management Practices for golf courses, and local and national lobbying of government entities on golf related issues. This conference was a great example of the different golf associations working together for the benefit of the golf industry.