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Hosted by GCSAA President Bill H. Maynard, 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 2017 – 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, to Ernie Els, a four-time major champion, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame (2010) and founder of the Els for Autism Foundation (2009).
"I am honored and humbled to be asked to receive the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association,” said Els. “As I have grown in my involvement with the game of golf, from professional golfer to golf course designer, I have come to value more and more the role of golf course superintendents. They are as vital to this game as ever, and as vital to this game as anyone."
The Old Tom Morris 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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If you’ve come to the Golf Industry Show for networking, the Opening Night Reception is the perfect kick start. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails while you connect with old friends and get to know your peers from around the country and around the world.
This final event closes out the week with special entertainment and great friends. Actor and comedian Darrell Hammond, best known for his 14 years on “Saturday Night Live” and his impressions of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, John Travolta, Ted Koppel and more, will be the featured finale. This can't-miss evening includes the always-exciting announcement of the Collegiate Turf Bowl winners, as well as the introduction of the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors.
This year's golf outing will be held at the TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course. Designed by PGA Tour legend Greg Norman with player consultant Sergio Garcia, it reflects the Tour’s departure from the modern tournament-style course (expansive grass areas and spectator mounding) to a more natural look and feel, without sacrificing the fan experience that makes it very tournament friendly. The AT&T Oaks Courses plays host to the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open. NGCOA Conference registrants will enjoy the day including breakfast, a shotgun start, and lunch and drink stations throughout the course. This event requires an additional fee.
From the moment a customer drives through your gates until the time they put their bag in the car following the round, their experience has myriad moments of truth and touch points to make a memorable impression. Whitney Reid Pennell will lead "The Customer Journey: Understanding and delivering the critical steps of exemplary service," a day-long workshop that walks attendees through the critical steps to creating an experience that keeps customers coming back for more. This event requires an additional registration fee, runs concurrently with the NGCOA Golf Outing and is in lieu of golf. Breakfast and lunch included.
Wind down from a jam-packed first day of activities by gathering with other attendees to enjoy a few drinks and a taste of Texas at the ever-popular Opening Reception. There’s no better way to meet and mingle with friends, old and new, while making new acquaintances and forging new relationships.
Association members, golf course operators, industry leaders, friends and supporters will gather for a special evening of networking, recognition and camaraderie. During the event, the NGCOA will honor association award winners.