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Hosted by GCSAA President Peter J. Grass, CGCS, this event recognizes the best in the profession with awards for environmental leadership and stewardship, advocacy for the golf industry, superintendent-authored articles, and individuals who have made substantive and enduring contributions to the game of golf. You will also be introduced to the Class of 2016 – superintendents who have completed the requirements to be certified golf course superintendents (CGCS).
The highlight of the event will be the presentation of GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award. The 2017 recipient is Paul R. Latshaw, who prepared golf courses for nine major championships over 38 years as a golf course superintendent and elevated the profession through his influence and innovation. The award is given annually to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game.
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You’ll want to pencil in this event! If you’ve come to the Golf Industry Show for networking, the Opening Night Celebration is the perfect kick start. Stick around following the can’t-miss Opening Session to connect with old friends and get to know your peers from around the country and around the world. Join the fun at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at the Rosen Centre to enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and relax on the poolside patios.
This final event closes out the week with special entertainment and great friends.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” will bring their improvisational style to the final evening of the 2017 Golf Industry Show. With no script, the two comedians rely on their sharp wit to create an interactive show with audience participation.
The two men are an unlikely team whose spontaneous humor has earned them national recognition. Sherwood spent many years in Santa Fe, N.M., while Mochrie is a Scotland native who spent most of his career in British Columbia, Canada.
“We like to describe ourselves as two smart people acting stupidly,” said Sherwood. "We’ll invite superintendents on stage to be part of the fun, and in the end they all will have wished they had the chance to be on stage. There will be plenty of laughs.”
In addition to the evening's headline entertainment, you'll also be introduced to the 2017 GCSAA Board of Directors and the winners of the 2017 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl.