5:00PM – 6:30PM
Center Terrace

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Tee off the 2019 Golf Industry Show with a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay. Entertainment, food, beverage and networking will add to the excitement San Diego naturally offers to visitors. Don’t miss this kick-off celebration!


8:30AM – 9:30AM (doors open at 8:00AM)
Ballroom 20

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Media personality Lauren Thompson, currently host for Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” and NBC’s “The Champion Within,” will host the Opening Session.

President, Darren J. Davis, CGCS will lead a celebration of GCSAA and another successful year! The best in the profession will be honored with the presentation of GCSAA’s highest awards to winners of the President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship, Colonel John Morley Distinguished Service Award and the Old Tom Morris Award. The 2018 Board of Directors and Class of 2018 newly certified superintendents will also be recognized.

The Powell Family will accept the 2019 Old Tom Morris Award.


This award is the highest award presented by GCSAA and honors Tom Morris (1821-1908), the four-time Open champion who was the father of modern golf course management. This award is presented to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game.The Powell Family

Bill and Marcella Powell and their children, Lawrence and Renee were pioneers in breaking down racial barriers in the game of golf.

“It means a great deal to receive the Old Tom Morris Award from GCSAA,” says Lawrence. “It shows a recognition and appreciation for us, and it’s a great honor to come from my association. I know my father would have said the same thing.”

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3:30PM – 5:00PM
Booth #2936

You will not want to leave the trade show floor early and miss the Trade Show Finale! This new event will wrap up two days of activities on the show floor with entertainment and prizes.

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5:00PM – 5:30PM Reception  
5:30PM – 7:00PM Program  
Ballroom 20

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The fun isn’t over yet! The final event closes out the week with great entertainment and great friends.

Actor and comedian Sinbad will close out this year's Golf Industry Show. Sinbad

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the "100 Greatest Standups of All Time," Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. Throughout his incredibly successful career as a standup comedian, Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy specials. As an actor, Sinbad has been featured in leading roles in such films as “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger”, and on the FX series, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Currently he can be seen playing Lil Rel Howery’s dad in Fox’s sitcom titled “REL.”