‘We Are Golf’ Swings Into Action

Posted April 13, 2012 at 1:30pm

We Are Golf is bringing a group of storytellers and other fun things to Capitol Hill on National Golf Day on Wednesday to tell the tale of how golf changes lives.

“WE ARE GOLF will again bring a cast of story-tellers to Capitol Hill to discuss what golf has meant to them,” the group says in a statement. “And will continue sharing data about golf’s economic contributions to cash-strapped states around the nation.”

Aside from the merry band of storytellers, there will be an golf exhibit up in the Rayburn House Office Building. From 9:30 to 10 a.m. Members can participate in lessons from the Golf Channel’s Michael Breed. A golf simulator will be provided for the amusement of all. A Republican-vs.-Democrat putting challenge will be held, and there will be photo opportunities with the Wanamaker Trophy. Finally, there will also be “an educational display illustrating golf’s cutting-edge environmental stewardship.”

In other words, We Are Golf, along with members of the PGA of America, the World Golf Foundation, the Club Managers Association of America, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association, among many others, will come together to spend a day with Members of Congress to spread the good sport’s gospel.

Considering golf’s popularity with the likes of President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), we can’t imagine a group less in need of convincing that golf is great. However, according to the group’s statement, our assumption is incorrect.

“WE ARE GOLF was formed three years ago, in part because it had become clear the industry was misunderstood by too many elected officials. Longstanding perceptions of the game simply didn’t square with the facts,” the group says in its statement. “By focusing on the nearly two million Americans whose livelihoods are tied to golf, WE ARE GOLF has leveled the playing field for the thousands of small businesses that make up the industry.

“As a result, golf is no longer being excluded from important legislation,” the statement continues. “Members of Congress now better understand the myriad benefits the game brings to their communities.”

Keep it up, guys. You’re doing yeoman’s work.