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NCA Meets with Congress for Fifth Annual National Golf Day

$76 Billion Golf Industry Converges on Capitol Hill

Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(Washington, D.C., April 18, 2012) — The National Club Association, as part of WE ARE GOLF—a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, met with members of Congress on National Golf Day, Wednesday, April 18, to share stories and data about golf’s diverse businesses, employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and charitable benefits, and environmental leadership.

Golf is a vital part of the American economy, sustaining more than 2 million jobs and providing workers with a combined income of more than $61 billion. More than 28 million Americans engage in the sport of golf, making golf a $76 billion industry with an overall impact measured at $195 billion. On National Golf Day, the National Club Association, together with prominent leaders from allied organizations, participated in National Golf Day events alongside members of Congress.

National Golf Day is an opportunity to celebrate golf’s social, economic, environmental, health and charitable contributions to America.

“The golf industry is a key part of the American small business landscape—employing millions of workers and bolstering the economy on both a local and national scale,” said Susanne R. Wegrzyn, NCA President & CEO. “The golf industry also gives back to the communities that support it, raising over $1.1 billion in charitable contributions. NCA and our allies in WE ARE GOLF work with Congress every year to highlight the important ways the golf industry serves our nation’s economy and the vital part that it plays in environmental stewardship.

NCA President & CEO Susanne R. Wegrzyn and NCA Vice President of Government Relations Brad D. Steele met with the Chairman of the Small Business Committee’s Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), as well as key staff of prominent House and Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell; Republican Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.); Chairman of the full Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.); Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.); and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) of the Republican leadership team.

For more information about National Golf Day, visit http://www.nationalclub.org/advocacy/national_golf_day_2012/.

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For more than 50 years, the National Club Association (NCA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, has served as the primary advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in the statehouses and in the courthouses. In addition, NCA serves as an invaluable resource for professional and volunteer club leaders, providing resources on industry trends, legislative and regulatory issues, governance best practices, operational issues, and ways to strengthen club leadership through its publications and educational programs. For more information on NCA, visit www.nationalclub.org.

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