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“We are Golf”…and you could be too!

Posted On: June 4, 2018 by VGM Club in: Agronomy, Clubhouse, Food and Beverage, Pro Shop, VGM Club

Written by: Cam Schultz, VP of Marketing April 25, 2018 marked the eleventh annual National Golf Day (NGD), a coalition created by several industry associations & led by the GCSAA and World Golf Foundation (more details can be found at www.wearegolf.org). This year’s event was the first time VGM Club has participated. We were not alone as first time attendees either. The number of participants has grown from 40 attendees back at the inaugural event to nearly 200 industry professionals this year. When I talked with Dick Stuntz, CGCS and Owner of Oak Golf Inc. he mentioned what brought about this initial wave of golf industry professionals. “Hurricane Katrina was a wake up call for the golf industry. After the federal money came in, we found out the golf industry was classified with massage parlors and casinos. We were placed in a category that has been regularly referred to as the “sin list,” much to our shock and dismay.  That

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