Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 On May 21, several members of the GCSAA Board of Directors and the members of the association's Government Relations Committee will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for the 2014 National Golf Day. National Golf Day is organized by the We Are Golf coalition, which was formed by GCSAA, the Club Managers Association of America, the PGA of America and the Na - tional Golf Course Owners Association. Zach Bauer attended National Golf Day last year, which was his frst year on the Gov - ernment Relations Committee, and he is en- thusiastic about describing his experience as a frst-timer. "National Golf Day was an eye-opening and incredible opportunity," he says. "To see so many professionals from the golf industry come together for the common good of the game was inspiring. The atmo - sphere at National Golf Day was that of high energy, camaraderie and purpose." Bauer, who is the superintendent at Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a 14-year member of GCSA A, was also surprised by the large scale of the event and the participation of the associa - tion within the event. "I was pleased to see GCSA A's presence everywhere," he says. Travis Moore joined the Government Re - lations Committee in 2012 and made his frst trip to Washington that year. The GCSA A Class A superintendent at Ridgewood Coun - try Club in Waco, Texas, Moore describes his frst National Golf Day as "eye-opening and impressive. It was a very fast-paced cou - ple of days, and it was certainly educational to get a frsthand look at the inner workings of our government." When asked about the importance of Na - tional Golf Day, Moore says, "National Golf Day is important, because it lets GCSA A and our allied organizations spread the good word about golf. Golf has a good story to tell, and our elected offcials need to hear that story as often as possible." Both Moore and Bauer agree that having a presence in Washington during National Golf Day is important. "Golf will always be a target in the political arena. The priority issues that we are concerned with today will be different tomorrow. If GCSA A does not support and maintain an active voice in DC, then we, along with the rest of the golf in - dustry, will be left behind," says Moore, who then repeats the words of former Govern - ment Relations Committee chairman Rafael Barajas, CGCS: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." While National Golf Day is not open to the full membership of GCSA A, there are plenty of ways to be involved with GCSA A's advocacy efforts on that day. Tweet messages to members of Congress using the hashtag #NGD14 and that will support the conver - sations happening on Capitol Hill. Email or call your congressional offce to let your representatives know it is National Golf Day. Explain to them the numerous benefts of golf to their congressional district. You can identify your representatives and fnd Na - tional Golf Day talking points in the new Government Relations section of gcsaa.org. The 2014 National Golf Day promises to be as exciting as those in previous years. GCSA A staff, board and Government Rela - tions Committee members will be carrying forward the association's advocacy efforts. The committee will hold its regular meeting the day before National Golf Day and plans to spend time talking about the many new government relations offerings coming to GCSA A members in 2014 and ways to en - hance GCSA A's government relations efforts into the year 2020. Kaelyn Seymour is GCSAAÕs government relations specialist. Supers spend day in D.C. (Advocacy) Kaelyn Seymour kseymour@gcsaa.org twitter: @GCSAA "The atmosphere at National Golf Day was that of high energy, camaraderie and purpose." — Zach Bauer Members of GCSAA and other associations related to golf made a strong showing at the 2013 National Golf Day. GCM fle photo 036-037_May14_Adocacy.indd 36 4/16/14 2:44 PM

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