On February 4th golf industry leaders traveled to Tallahassee for Florida Golf Day. This event was developed five years ago by the Golf Florida Alliance, a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the golf industry in Florida. Representatives of the alliance who visited the capitol on Thursday included: Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director of the South Florida PGA Rich Smith, Executive Director of the North Florida PGA Jim Butler, PGA General Manager at Grey Oaks Country Club and a representative of the CMAA Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation James Cramer, Vice President of Communications for the PGA Tour Greg Pheneger, Government Relations Chair for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Angela Ivey, World Golf Hall of Fame Dave Cordero, World Golf Hall of Fame The event kicked off with a reception at the Governor’s Club on Wednesday evening, February 3rd, followed by a full day of activity at the capitol on Thursday. Topics discussed with government officials included the economic impact the game of golf has on the state of Florida, the tourism impact, capital investment and employment at golf facilities throughout the state, youth development through the game, the charitable impact, and environmental stewardship. Various round table discussions were held to review these topics with house and senate representatives and top state agencies. Facts presented to government leader included remarkable numbers highlighting the direct economic impact of the game in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion in 2007. The state's golf industry supports more than 132,000 jobs generating $3.6 billion in wage income. Florida is home to about 1,100 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state. Along with the facts [...]
The Golf Florida Alliance, a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the state’s golf industry, will meet today at the State Capitol in Tallahassee for Florida Golf Day. Golf’s direct economic impact in Florida is approximately $8.2 billion a year and Florida is the home to about 1,100 public and private golf facilities, which is the most in the country. During Florida Golf Day, top representatives of Florida’s golf industry throughout the state will share information abou the game’s economic impact, as well as its youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits. “Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state.” Participating organizations include Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Florida Chapter of CMAA, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Historic Golf Trail, Florida State Golf Association, Golf Channel, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Foundation, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, USGA, World Golf Foundation and World Golf Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.golf2020.com.
Registration for 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is now open! Click here to register. This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In fourth year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Participants will compete to qualify for the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2nd. South Florida will feature 8 Local Qualifiers during June and July and 1 Sub-Regional Qualifier. Local Qualifiers: June 8 – PGA Center for Learning & Performance June 11 – Osprey Point Golf Course June 24 – Dorado Beach Resort and Golf Club June 26 – Country Club of Miami June 30 – Stoneybrook GC of Estero July 5 – PGA National Golf Club July 16 – The Vineyards Country Club July 26 – Plantation Preserve Golf Club Sub-Regional Qualifier: August 13 – PGA Center for Learning & Performance Click here to view the South Florida Drive, Chip & Putt Information. For questions, please contact Tori Stock at email@example.com