2020 ASGCA Winter Meeting
Tradition and Innovation – Where the Golf Industry is and Where it is Going
Jan. 28, 2020 – Orange Country Convention Center (Orlando, Fla.)
ASGCA will host its first Winter Meeting Jan. 28 at the Orange County Convention Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., a perfect add-on for anyone attending the 2020 Golf Industry Show.
The one-day seminar, “Tradition and Innovation – Where the Golf Industry is and Where it is Going,” is open to members of ASGCA, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America, United State Golf Association, golf course owners and managers, and industry vendors and suppliers.
“There is so much we can share with and learn from each other,” ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan said. “ASGCA wants to bring together these many unique voices so we can exchange ideas and help all golf facilities grow.”
Event speakers and education topics will include representatives of some of the top courses, media outlets, golf course architecture firms and industry-leading companies.
9 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction (ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan)
9:15 a.m. – Keynote address (Ignacio Giraldo, TPG Growth and TPG Rise)
The Future of Golf in America – Tracking golfer trends and interests and the approach taken by companies large and small to meet the needs of today’s player.
10 a.m. – Low-Hanging Fruit: Management and renovation practices of superintendents at courses nationwide
– Sean Tully (Meadow Club, Fairfax, California)
– Tom Hiers (The Old Collier Golf Club, Naples, Florida)
– Bill Salinetti (National Golf Links of America, Tuckahoe, New York)
– Drew Barnett (Knollwood Country Club, Lake Forest, Illinois)
– Steve Datwyler (The Club at Ravenna, Douglas County, Colorado)
11 a.m. – A Discussion on Community Links Facilities
Examples of how golf and communities work together to make one another stronger.
– Todd Schoeder, ASGCA (Golf Course Architect, iCon Golf Studio, Broomfield, Colorado)
– Andy Staples, ASGCA (President and Owner, Staples Golf Design, Scottsdale, Arizona)
– Representative from National Links Trust
Noon – Lunch, including a retrospective on the lives of Alice and Pete Dye, ASGCA
The ASGCA Past Presidents will be remembered for the deep and long-lasting impact they have had on the golf industry by some of those they influenced along the way.
– Moderator: Gary Williams, Golf Channel
1:30 p.m. – Collaboration: How and Why Working Together Works
Examples of why, how and when it makes sense for industry members to join forces, including architects/superintendents/developers/shapers.
– Moderator: Ron Whitten, Golf Digest
– Drew Rogers, ASGCA/Curtis James, Old Elm Club (Highland Park, Illinois)
– Steve Weisser, ASGCA/Curtis Tyrell, Medinah No. 2 (Medinah, Illinois)
– Bill Bergin, ASGCA/Steve Weisser, ASGCA (McLemore)
2:15 p.m. – Leveraging Big Data
A discussion on how data and case studies may work together to build a case for course renovation.
– Jon Last, Sports & Leisure Research Group
– Cole Thompson, PhD, USGA Assistant Director, Green Section Research
3 p.m. – Innovation in Short Courses/Practice Facilities
– Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA (Principal, Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, Jupiter, Florida)
– Lester George, ASGCA (President, George Golf Design, Midlothian, Virginia)
– Jerry Lemons, ASGCA (President, Golf Links, Inc., Old Hickory, Tennessee)
– Forrest Richardson, ASGCA (Principal, Golf Group, Ltd., Phoenix, Arizona)
– Scot Sherman, ASGCA (Golf Course Architect, Love Golf Design, Saint Simons Island, Georgia)