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National Golf Course Owners Association Announces Annual Award Winners

The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, has announced the winners of the association’s annual awards. Each year the NGCOA honors the most outstanding members of the past year. These individuals and organizations have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business.

“This year we are honoring some of the industry giants,” says Jay Karen, NGCOA’s CEO. “In addition, we are excited to recognize some unsung people who have done great things for golf. The awards ceremony is always NGCOA’s finest hour of the year.”

National Course of the Year Award-Recognizes a golf course that epitomizes exceptional course quality and management excellence, while making important contributions to their community and the game. ATLANTIC DUNES by Davis Love III(Hilton Head,SC)

Player Development Award-Bestowed upon a entity, course or individual which has implemented true and tested player development programs, providing effective return-on- investment and an overall welcoming atmosphere for new golfers of all ages. TROON and TROON Managed Facilities, Scottsdale, Arizona

Award of Merit-Designated for long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf: LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION(LPGA), Daytona Beach, Florida

Don Rossi Award-Given for significant and long-lasting contribution to the NGCOA: PETER HILL– CEO and Chairman of Billy Casper Golf, NGCOA Board of Directors since 2011.

Paul Porter Ward-Established to recognize an NGCOA member who left an enduring mark on a national or international affiliate through the highest level of commitment, service and leadership: MARK SEABROOK(founding President of NGCOA of Canada and JEFF CALDERWOOD(Executive Director of NGCOA Canada since its inception)- NGCOA Canada is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.

Champion Award-Bestowed upon an individual or entity which has succeeded in working on behalf of a group of owners and have garnered through a significant victory for our members. ELISA GAUDET- Women’s Golf Day Founder.

Award winners will be recognized at the Celebration and Awards Dinner at the Golf Business Conference in San Antonio at Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in February.

The annual Golf Business Conference provides attendees the opportunity to connect and network with fellow course owners and operators, learn about new solutions and technologies, and leave with the tools and strategies to grow their business. Golf Business information and registration can be found at GolfBusinessConference.com.

For more information visit NGCOA.org or call 1-800-933-4262

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