WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WE ARE GOLF -- a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners -- visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the eighth annual National Golf Day to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.
Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s 15,350 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million Americans and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, local tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories.
This year’s event also featured participation from The Presidents Cup 2015 Captains Nick Price (International) and Jay Haas (U.S.). South Korea will play host to The Presidents Cup later this year in October, the first time the tournament will be played in Asia.
“Golf is a vital part of our country’s economy and today was a great reminder of that,” says Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY). “What better way to discuss the game’s economic, charitable and environmental findings than here in our nation’s capital.”
Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.
National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an aboutGolf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; National Arboretum’s “Grassroots Initiative” overview; a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge;” and a turfgrass exhibit from the GCSAA.
“Today marked a unique opportunity to share golf’s significant impact with political leaders,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Our broad scope is reflected in the two million jobs supported by the game and its diverse benefits to our economy and society.”
SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2015) -- GAME GOLF, the first wearable device that automatically tracks and graphically displays a golfer's round with valuable game data and statistics, today announced the new GAME GOLF Tracking App enabling golfers to track their game and club distances in real-time, and manage their game with a built-in GPS rangefinder, all from their iOS or Android device. No purchase of the GAME GOLF physical device is required to use the new App.
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In celebration of GAME GOLF's newest free app and its Irish roots, the company is giving away a once-in-a-lifetime Irish golf vacation. Two players and one guest each, who post a minimum of three 18-hole golf rounds with either the GAME GOLF wearable device or the new GAME GOLF Tracking App from now through June 30, 2015, will be eligible to receive an all-expense paid golf trip to Ireland. For contest rules, log on to GAMEGOLF.com.
"If you don't truly understand your game it's hard to improve. The free GAME GOLF Tracking App allows golfers to see their shot performance in real-time, something which many amateur golfers will never have had access to before," said John McGuire, CEO of GAME GOLF. "Further, it affords everyone access to the GAME GOLF platform to gather stats, collect data and share their game with friends, family, coaches and instructors."
The GAME GOLF Tracking App can be downloaded and put in play just before teeing off. The App provides golfers with an aerial view of each hole, distances to key locations using the GPS Rangefinder feature, and the ability to "tag" each shot by selecting the club used. You'll be able to see -- greens in regulations, fairway accuracy, scrambling percentage, putts per hole, club distances and more. Golfers can view their platform profile and data on their mobile device or at GAMEGOLF.com.
On Monday afternoon, I spoke to 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III about a number of different topics. One topic in particular that we spent several minutes on, was Masters champ Jordan Spieth.
Love relayed a story from four years ago when his son, Dru, a few months younger than Spieth, played a casual round with the 2015 Masters champion. Spieth and Dru Love were 17 at the time and Dru reported back to his father that Spieth was, "really, really good."
Love asked what Spieth shot. Dru told him they both shot a 66.
Love wondered then, what made Spieth so much better than Dru if they shot the same score. Paraphrasing, Dru told his father that while he was going to play golf in college, Spieth would be going to play golf on the PGA Tour.
Boy, did Dru get that one right.
Further in the conversation, Love said, "You know how you hear all this stuff about what a great guy Jordan is? How mature his is, etc.? You hear it a lot, right?"
I said, "Yes."
Love said, "Well let me tell you something, even though you hear it a lot, it's under-reported. He is just an unbelievable young man."
To further Love's point -- and to show that Spieth has had "it" for some time now -- The Dallas Morning News released a photo of the below handwritten thank-you note that Spieth sent in 2009, at the age of 15, to the family who funded the scholarship that helped pay his tuition.
— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) April 14, 2015
Pure class. I loved the mention of the Masters too. Little did Spieth know (or did he?) that just six short years later, he'd be slipping into a green jacket.