Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation joins us to discuss initiatives including WE ARE GOLF and the National Golf Day. Learn why a couple of hundred of the most influential folks in golf descend on Capitol Hill each year to chat with congressmen and senators about the game and its economic impact.
WE ARE GOLF is a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners including the PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Golf Course Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association and U.S. Golf Manufacturer’s Council. The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $$84.1 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.
The 11th annual National Golf Day was held Wednesday, April 25. It was the largest to date with 230-plus Congressional meetings with 235 attendees from 40 U.S. states. Attendees visited 80 of the 100 Senate offices and 145 House offices. Industry leaders met with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s nearly 15,000 diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.
On April 24th, the 2nd annual Community Service Project took place on the National Mall – driven by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. There were 175 participants focusing on 18 different turf projects from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Washington Monument. This included a focus on beautification, preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance.