Thursday, January 30

Health in Action 5k

6:30-7:30 a.m.
Outside of South Concourse near pedestrian bridge

Don’t forget to pack your running shoes for Orlando! Participate in the fourth annual Health in Action 5K fun run on Thursday morning. Proceeds benefit the EIFG. This is a non-refundable, rain or shine event.

Register by December 27 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in your preferred size!

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GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition

6:30-7:30 a.m.


Room: N220ABCD – North Concourse




Room: NA1– North Concourse

The Turf Bowl exam features a written case study, as well as a wide variety of multiple choice, short answer and identification questions covering the agronomic, business and financial management aspects of the superintendent profession.

This exam is for turf students only in teams of up to four participants. Each participant must be a member of GCSAA, a registered attendee of the Golf Industry Show and register as part of a team on site before the exam or at the Turf Bowl Kick-Off Reception. A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top 10 teams during the Closing Celebration.

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Prayer Breakfast

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Room: S320EFG – South Concourse

Charles Cooper is this year's Prayer Breakfast speaker.

Cooper is a 44-year veteran of Christian ministry. Having begun preaching at age 15, pastoring at age 17, and becoming a college professor at age 26, Cooper remains actively involved in the kingdom business of Jesus Christ. Cooper has authored or co-authored eight books; lectured in churches, colleges, and seminaries across the world; and planted three churches. Presently, Coop is a teaching pastor at First Baptist Church in Windermere, FL and maintains an active speaking, consulting, and training ministry around the world. 

Open to all faiths, this gathering provides an inspiring beginning to your day and a place to share fellowship and prayer.

Annual Meeting

9-11 a.m.
Room: S320ABCD – South Concourse

GCSAA President Rafael Barajas, CGCS will preside.

Voter check-in

Individual voters and proxy holders are required to check in by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, January 29. Chapter Delegates do not need to check in. 

Monday: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m.-Noon

GCSAA Annual Meeting and Election

Trade Show

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
South Concourse

With hundreds of exhibitors spanning thousands of square feet of exhibit space, the GIS trade show gives superintendents, owners, technicians and other golf facility professionals the opportunity to network and discuss the latest products and services in turf and facility care. The show floor also includes special features such as Inside the Shop, presentations from GCSAA TV, free education on the show floor, the New Product Showcase and the GIS Silent Auction.

First Green Demonstration

1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Trade Show Floor: Booth #5617 – South Concourse 

First Green is GCSAA's STEM education outreach program. It pairs golf courses with local schools for a fun filled field trip packed with science, technology, engineering and math lessons viewed through the lens of golf. Attend one of the demonstration events on the trade show floor to see the lesson plans in action. If you are traveling with your children to Orlando, bring them with you to join in on the fun! (Children will need to have a trade show pass to get to the demonstration.)

Please RSVP to Leann Cooper, senior manager, chapter services at

TRADE SHOW Block Party

3-4 p.m.
Trade Show Floor – South Concourse

Don't leave the trade show floor early on Thursday! Stick around for the Trade Show Block Party, hosted by Lauren Thompson. Check out the following locations for prize drawings, entertainment, giveaways, and refreshments.

GCSAA TV Stage – Booth #3235
Inside the Shop – Booth #4800
Drone zone – Booth #214

Prizes include Flyaway Geese golf course dogs, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, $100 cash prizes, and more. You won't want to miss this fun event to close out the week and get a sneak peek of the 2021 GIS in Las Vegas! Following the block party, head to the main stage in the north hall, adjacent to the trade show floor, for the GCSAA Closing Celebration.

Closing Celebration

4 p.m.

Doors Open


4:30-6 p.m.


North Hall, Main Stage – North Concourse

This final event will celebrate your week of networking, education, and advancing the golf course management profession.

Carey LohrenzU.S. Navy fighter pilot Carey Lohrenz will close out this year's Golf Industry Show as GCSAA shines a spotlight on heroes, including those from the GCSAA family, who have served their country.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles. Lohrenz will share fascinating experiences gained and lessons learned from operating in an aircraft carrier – one of the world's most challenging environments.