GCSAA Celebrates National Golf Day
10th anniversary Includes Service Project on the National Mall
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Golf Day on April 26. More than 100 volunteers from around the country will take part in a golf industry service project a day earlier (April 25) to aerate and help beautify 40 acres on the National Mall.
Greg Brandriet, a golf course superintendent from South Dakota, will visit the nation's capital this month as one of more than 50 golf course superintendents taking part in National Golf Day.
"I am proud to show what we can do and how we help the environment," said Brandriet, who has been the head superintendent at Elkhorn since 2010. "To be able to do something good on the National Mall where Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech gives me goose bumps."
Brandriet is an eight-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and participates in the association's Grassroots Ambassador program, which was launched in 2014 to link GCSAA members with their representatives in Congress. The idea is to establish open communication regarding priority concerns in golf course management.
GCSAA has expanded its presence for National Golf Day over the past 10 years, and this year more than 50 GCSAA members will attend more than 150 individual meetings on Capitol Hill, sharing core concerns for the profession and promoting the benefits of an industry that offers $70 billion in economic impact and is responsible for two million jobs.
"We are fortunate that we have such a large group of members willing to come and share golf's story," said Chava McKeel, GCSAA director of government affairs. "They are able to give first-hand accounts of the benefits of golf as well as the challenges they face. It's really what National Golf Day is all about."