2017-06-15 / Sports

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Golf day at the Capitol helps state legislators learn the industry

LANSING – Lt. Governor Brian Calley presented the proclamation declaring June is Pure Michigan Golf Month, and then he told the members of the Michigan Golf Alliance that they are a big deal.

“What you do is a big deal,” he said at the Michigan Golf Industry Legislative Day on the Capitol Lawn Thursday.

“The economic impact is massive. What is happening is so special. It is a quality of life enhancement to our communities and is a great illustration of what makes pure Michigan so amazing.”

Sen. Wayne A. Schmidt, R-Traverse City, said he always enjoys lunch at the turn with the golf industry partners.

“This is a great event to help the legislators to understand the business side of golf,” he said. “There’s a lot of impact, a lot of people employed, especially in the spring, summer and fall and these are mostly small businesses, independently owned and family owned.

“When you talk over $4 billion total economic impact from an industry, wage contributions of almost $1.5 billion, $118 million in charitable impact, 58,000 jobs, it’s clear golf is not just a wonderful, enjoyable sport, but important to Michigan in so many ways.”

The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Section PGA, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Managers Association, the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.

Members of the Alliance spread out around the Capitol to visit to each legislator in their Senate and House offices, and legislators and staff members were also treated to a “lunch at the turn” in a large tent on the Capitol Lawn.

Kate Moore, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, was thrilled by the response of legislators and the large crowd that joined the alliance mem- bers for lunch.

“The goal of Michigan Golf Day at the Capitol is to educate and enlighten the state legislature about the importance of our industry in the state – the economic impact, the impact on tourism, employment and we don’t think people realize or recognize how big our industry is with $4.2 billion in economic impact, 58,000 employees, being caretakers of the earth, education, exercise, all rolled into one,” she said. “It’s also important for people to realize the collaboration among the golf groups and associations, how strong we are and how important it is that we all work together.”

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