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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from Mass Golf joined together with Bay State course owners, superintendents and industry leaders on Wednesday to take part in the 11th Annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economy , nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.
“This is our chance to meet face to face with our Senators and Representatives and talk about the huge impact that golf makes on both the national and local level,” said Becky Blaeser, Mass Golf’s director of communications. “Here in Massachusetts, golf is a $2 billion industry that generates more than 25,000 jobs and $800 million in wage income. The charitable impact is also one of the most significant in the entire country, so we have a great story to tell.”
Blaeser will be joined on Wednesday by a strong Bay State contingent including Leigh Bader of Pine Oaks GC, Dave Frem of Cyprian Keyes GC and Elaine Gebhardt of the New England Golf Course Owner’s Association (NEGCOA).
On Tuesday morning, many golf industry leaders – including Gebhardt – participated in a community service initiative on the National Mall. The project will focus on beautification, preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance. More details will be available soon.
“With one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by golf, the industry plays a significant role in stimulating our economy nationwide,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation, administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Last year, a record 2.5 million people tried golf for the first time, further cementing why it is vital to share golf’s interests with our country’s lawmakers, showcasing the game’s many economic, charitable and fitness benefits.”
To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NationalGolfDay and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to support the industry and answer “why is golf more than a game to you?”