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"While we are proud of the results we have seen in the last few years, we annually review and evaluate ways to improve the program," said Mark Oskarson, AJGA chief operating officer. read more

"The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf," said PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. "We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example." read more

"That this sheet is so full, and addresses so many aspects of play, points to how much design impacts a well-run facility," said ASGCA President Lee Schmidt. "I'm glad the USGA is concentrating on this important issue. The clients of ASGCA members will benefit as they see the information and service offerings available from our members." read more

"Every year more skin cancers are diagnosed than lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Since golfers spend a significant amount of time in the sun, they are at a greater risk than the general public for developing skin cancer," said Sun SafeTee Founder Mark Wishner. read more

"I think golfers can expect to see some temporary greens out there, maybe some greens that are half playable and half roped off until they can get some new growth. That's what superintendents do; they grow grass. So I expect them to get everything in great shape eventually. It just might take a little longer," said Kevin Frank, Ph.D., an associate professor in turfgrass science at Michigan State University. read more

"There is no reason that North Carolina should not be promoting golf as part of our travel and tourism package no different from what Arizona and Alabama are doing right now," said McCrory. "We have the best 'Golf Trail' in the nation, maybe in the world right here in North Carolina." read more

"The weather has been up and down this summer. But the golfers at Chester Valley got some beautiful weather for this two day even." said Benjamin Courtright, Event Manager of FitGolf Performance Centers. "The golfers were able to come out early to take advantage of the golf specific stretch. Our goal is to make sure the golfers are physically ready and comfortable for the event." read more

"It's not surprising to see a high number of respondents saying they bet on the course," said Perry Ponti, General Manager of Pro Golf Discount, Inc. "At my club, most everyone will make a friendly wager on their round. It creates a competitive atmosphere and makes a match more fun." read more

"My personal Pledge was going the extra mile to seek out the best health care team I could find and have the most productive conversations with them as possible," said Klauk, whose first partial-onset seizure occurred as he was driving his family to church. "Epilepsy is not something to hide from." read more

"Our organization is serious about fostering sustainability and we believe that all of our program materials and the various standards and requirements for certification should be publically available," said R. Eric Dodson, Executive Director of ISC-Audubon. "The organization is able to provide all of the materials free of charge only through the support of memberships, sponsorships and contributions." read more

"Golf is a fun and enjoyable way to get exercise, and it provides an outlet for physical activity for a lifetime," said David Donatucci, owner and director of The Florida Institute of Performance at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "It is a great way to introduce a young person to physical activity and a healthy pursuit for adults and seniors." read more

"Being knowledgeable on sun protection can decrease the likelihood developing skin cancer and sun damage (wrinkles). Education is the key to both preventing skin cancer and for obtaining timely treatment," said Dr. Laub, who is also a golfer. read more

"It is heartening to see such positive results from the compensation and benefits report because we all know economic challenges have forced facilities to make cuts in virtually every operational area in recent years," said GCSAA President Pat Finlen, CGCS, director of golf at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. read more

A recent survey conducted by Green Flush Technologies indicates that on-course flush restrooms are essential for golf courses to realize their full revenue potential. Men and women golfers were contacted at a driving range and were asked to answer questions regarding their preference for flush restrooms over the temporary portable plastic toilets commonly called "sani-cans" or "porta-johns." read more

"Across all the centers, the overall hypothesis for the National Study is that golfers with excessive pelvic and upper side bend, bend and rotation will experience lower back pain during practice and play," said David Krohe, Golf Fitness Specialist and Program Director of FitGolf Performance Centers. "This is what we have seen throughout the FitGolf Centers this year." read more