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NGCOA joins WE ARE GOLF, others on Capitol Hill for 4th National Golf Day 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 13, 2011) - Today, members and staff from the National Golf Course Owners Association join representatives from GCSAA, CMAA, and PGA of America in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual National Golf Day.  Representatives will once again meet with Congressional leadership and their staffs to educate them on the positive economic, charitable, human and environmental impacts of the golf industry.

The WE ARE GOLF coalition, which made its public debut at last year’s National Golf Day, continues its efforts to change lawmakers’ perception about golf, telling the stories of hardworking men and women who make their living from golf.

Dan Clark, NGCOA board secretary and owner of Willow Creek in Des Moines, IA is among the story-tellers on Capitol Hill. In 2008 and again in 2010, many Iowa homes and businesses, including golf courses, suffered from heavy flooding. But in both cases, golf courses were excluded from federal disaster relief, leaving some golf courses under water and unable to open their doors. Clark will ask lawmakers to re-consider the decisions that excluded golf from federal assistance programs moving forward.

Other discussions at National Golf Day focus on advocacy that counters proposed rulemaking that would require 18 hole courses to acquire a certain number of single rider, disabled accessible golf cars; health care reform’s impact on the industry, particularly as it relates to seasonal employees; and a blanket request for policy-makers to consider the golf industry an ally and resource.

These messages will be shared with select groups of influencers, including the House GOP freshmen, the Congressional Black Caucus, the chairman and ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, the Republican Study Committee, and the Congressional Golf Task Force.

“National Golf Day and WE ARE GOLF allow us to work together with lawmakers on the issues that impact our businesses and the industry said,” Mike Hughes. “These collaborative efforts are critical in making sure golf’s voice gets heard.”

The impetus for the inaugural National Golf Day in 2008 was the industry’s exclusion from disaster relief legislation passed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“The golf industry still has a lot of work to do in Washington,” said Joe Rice.  “We will continue sharing our story and the quantifiable data that proves golf is more than just a game.”

To learn more about WE ARE GOLF, visit www.wearegolf.org.


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