2018 GCSAA Golf Championships set for February in San Antonio
22 Dec, 2017
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Golf Championships will be contested Feb. 3-5, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the Golf Industry Show.
The championships, presented in partnership with The Toro Co. and benefiting the Environmental Institute for Golf, will offer four different events over three days and will draw members of all abilities. The competitions will take place at five high-end courses in the San Antonio area, including The AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, home of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.
In addition to the GCSAA National Championship Feb. 4-5, a four-ball competition will be held Feb. 3, followed by a scramble event on Feb. 4. The two-day Golf Classic is scheduled for Feb. 4-5, and will offer both a gross and net flighted competition that will use a point-quota scoring system. Flights in the Golf Classic will rotate between courses.
More than 460 GCSAA members participated in the 2017 combined championships, with Mike Stieler winning the 36-hole, stroke play National Championship at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, in Orlando. Stieler, the certified golf course superintendent at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon, Calif., won his second GCSAA title (the first was in 2012) by two strokes. The National Championship is limited to 100 GCSAA members with a 5.0 handicap index or lower and will be played at Cordillera Ranch and The Oakes Course.
Other courses welcoming golfers over the three days of events are AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio, La Cantera (Resort Course) and The Quarry. Read more about the courses and competitions at www.golfindustryshow.com.
The PGA of America, which has been involved in the event for more than 15 years, will provide Rules officials and course set-up. In addition, The Toro Co. will mark its 24th year as the presenting partner of the GCSAA Golf Championships. Toro, a GCSAA Platinum Partner, is a global leader in providing maintenance equipment and irrigation systems to golf courses.
The 2018 GCSAA Golf Championships will be held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, featuring the GCSAA education conference and the trade show Feb. 5-8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the Riverwalk area of downtown San Antonio.
About GCSAA and the EIFG: The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at GCMonline.com.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org. or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
About the Golf Industry Show: The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative conference and trade show combining education, networking opportunities and practical solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders. The largest exhibit floor in the industry features the "Inside the Ropes" presentation area, GCSAA TV stage, education on the trade show floor, new product showcase, Silent Auction, Student Pavilion, Test Drive Technology Center and much more.
The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with participating partners: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).