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National Golf Day 2016 Set for May 18 in Washington, D.C.

11.21am 13th January 2016 - Growing the Game - This story was updated on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Michael Breed (pictured right) gives Congressional Members and staffers free lessons throughout the day in a simulator. The “Republicans vs. Democrats” putting challenge is now an annual event (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Michael Breed (pictured right) gives Congressional Members and staffers free lessons throughout the day in a simulator. The “Republicans vs. Democrats” putting challenge is now an annual event (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – announces the ninth annual National Golf Day will be held Wednesday, May 18 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $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 on Capitol Hill to discuss golf’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million employees, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

“With 2016 being an election year, it’s even more important for political leaders to understand the impact our industry has on local communities and millions of Americans,” said Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of World Golf Foundation, administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Since our first event in 2008, National Golf Day has educated our nation’s lawmakers about the countless benefits of the game and we look forward to continuing this agenda in May.”

In April 2015, National Golf Day was the most successful to date with over 120 scheduled Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the #NGD15 Twitter campaign eclipsed 37 million impressions and reached 19.8 million accounts, including 3.3 million users in a one-hour span.

Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

WE ARE GOLF www.wearegolf.org

       

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