The organization joins the Golf Course Builders Association of America and the American Society of Golf Course Architects as Presenting Partners of the annual conference, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 6-9 in Orlando, Fla. The USGA has also expanded its working relationship with GCSAA through a multi-year collaboration focused on supporting the environmental and economic sustainability of golf courses.
The United States Golf Association has increased its support for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), in an ongoing effort to advance education, research and career development in golf through the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show.
The USGA joins the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) as Presenting Partners of the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. Hosted annually, the GCSAA Conference and Trade show offers a week of interactive education, hands-on experiences, and celebration of the golf course management industry. The 2023 conference is scheduled to take place Feb. 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.
“GCSAA golf course superintendents play a vital role in the future of golf, and their expertise and commitment to the environment have helped advance the game in so many innovative ways,” said Matt Pringle, Ph.D., Managing Director of the USGA Green Section. “The USGA and the GCSAA have a shared vision to ensure golf courses continue to thrive and golfers have a course on which to play in every community. We look forward to bringing the vision to life, starting with the conference, and far beyond it.”
The USGA’s increased engagement with the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show includes active participation in the first-of-its-kind Interactive Grass Stage at the 2023 gathering. The Stage, a four-way collaboration between the GCBAA, GCSAA, USGA and ASGCA, covers 20,000 sq. ft. on the trade show floor and features the conference’s most important discussions.
Several USGA Green Section agronomists and experts will also conduct a series of educational sessions as part of the conference’s schedule of events.
In addition to serving as a Presenting Partner at the conference, the USGA has also expanded its working relationship with GCSAA through a multi-year collaboration focused on supporting the environmental and economic sustainability of golf courses while also improving playing conditions for golfers.
“Collaboration is vital to golf’s future, and this is a clear case in which we can achieve so much more than we can do alone,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA. “This is just the start, as golf leads the way to advance key issues like resource conservation, while keeping our courses healthy and viable for generations.”
“The USGA’s expanded role with the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show enables both the USGA and GCSAA to use our industry’s largest annual gathering as a platform to jointly share critical insights and valuable new approaches to golf course management in a face-to-face setting,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Their elevated involvement in the event is indicative of the overall increased collaboration between our two associations.”