ASCGA President Rick Robbins joined North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other golf indsutry leaders recently as McCrory proclaimed “Golf Day” Tar Heel state.

Robbins, a native North Carolinian, travelled home following the recent ASGCA Annual Meeting in Reynolds Plantation, Ga., to attend the ceremonies.

The golf industry is represented in every county of North Carolina through more than 550 courses. In 2011, the golf economy in N.C. generated direct spending of $2.3 billion and lead to a total economic impact of $4.2 billion through direct, indirect and induced spending. The N.C. golf industry provided jobs for nearly 53,000 North Carolinians in 2011. McCrory also noted golf is among the cleanest, greenest and most sustainable industries in NC.

In 2014, the international golfing world will focus on Pinehurst when, for the first time in history, the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open will be played in consecutive weeks on the famed Pinehurst No. 2.