National Golf Day 2016

30dc011c-8844-4b02-a969-7787eca14201May 18, 2016 marked the ninth annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

This year’s event featured LPGA legend Nancy Lopez, 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and Vice Captain Steve Stricker.

Golf industry leaders met with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants shared stories about the game’s nearly 15,000-plus diverse businesses (there more golf courses than McDonald’s in America), the two million jobs that are impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

Click here for a highlight of some tweets about the day>>


A Woman’s Game: Teaching Pro Targets Untapped Market

Originally published by Green Valley News ( on May 15, 2016. Written by Christopher Boan.

Photo by Christopher Boan

It’s a toasty Friday in April on the sun-baked grounds of Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, where a small group of women will soon discover a love for golf — at least if their teacher has anything to say about it.

She’s longtime Haven teaching pro Marvol Barnard, whose influence and reputation reach across the nation. But who’s most at home right here.

Barnard, 57, guides the women through each shot in meticulous detail, ensuring they’ll catch the same bug she did two decades ago when she learned the game on the same grounds.