Last Update :9/24/2012

NGCOA VA Annual Meeting Recap

NGCOA Virginia Annual Meeting
Augustine GC, Stafford, VA
September 19, 2012
The NGCOA Virginia Annual Meeting was held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Augustine GC in Stafford, VA. The facility is managed by Raspberry Golf Management, with NGCOA VA Vice President Bob Swiger serving as host. An education session featured Grant Grayson of LeClair Ryan, the duo of Pat McGuire and David Finocchiaro of Raspberry Golf Management and a NGCOA VA panel, consisting of Mike Hatch of Acumen Golf, Steve Clark of Raspberry Golf Management, Mike Fentress of Virginia Beach Golf Management and Don Ryder of The Homestead. There were 62 attendees representing 42 different companies or clubs. Here is the agenda:
Welcome & Introductions – Mike Bennett
Thank you NGCOA VA Industry Partners & Sponsors – Mike Bennett
Short Business Meeting – Board Election
“How to Adapt to Changing Situations” – Grant Grayson, LeClair Ryan
“Maximizing Your Merchandising Program” – Pat McGuire and Dave Finocchiaro, Raspberry Golf Management
“What’s Working – What’s Not” – Owner/Operator Panel – Mike Hatch (Acumen Golf), Steve Clark (Raspberry Golf Management), Mike Fentress (Virginia Beach Golf Management), Don Ryder (The Homestead)
Adjourn to Golf
Reception – Presented by Performance Food Group
The education session featured Grant Grayson highlighting options for clubs faced with such problems as membership decline and financial restructuring. Pat McGuire and David Finocchiaro shared their experiences and expertise from their careers in merchandising with national companies and golf clubs. The panel discussed a wide spectrum of activities in the industry, including lively interaction with the audience. Following an excellent lunch, the group enjoyed a perfect day on the recently renovated Augustine course. The team of Tim Ganse (Augustine GC), Stephanie Jennings (MAPGA), Mike Aldrich (PGA of America) and Mike Hatch (Acumen) golf won the competition. Following golf, Performance Food Group hosted a fabulous beef tenderloin dinner for the participants.
There were a record number of sponsors, including season-long partners and event sponsors:
Acumen Golf - Mike Hatch
Allegra Print & Imaging
Bill Storer Photography
Billy Casper Golf
Bridgestone / Precept
Bryner & Associates
Club Car
Consulting Hospitality
Entegra / International Club Suppliers
Finch Services, Inc.
Golf Cart Services (E-Z-Go)
Golf Invite
Golf Property Analysts
Kinloch Golf Club
Mandell Golf Architecture
Peebles Golf Cars (Club Car)
Performance Food Group
Raspberry Golf Development
Raspberry Golf Management
Revel's Tractor
Smith Turf & Irrigation
Specialty Cigars
Sunbelt Rentals Kevin Grieder
Traditional Golf Properties
VGM Club
Western Golf Properties
Woodward Turf Farms
Yamaha Golf Cars
Here are some photos from the event:
Grant Grayson of LeClair Ryan with NGCOA VA President Mike Bennett of Traditional Golf Properties
Host pro Tim Ganse with Raspberry Golf Academy’s Dave Barton
VSGA President Lee Coble with NGCOA VA Board member Phil Owenby of Kinloch GC
The audience interacts with presenters
VSGA Executive Director Jamie Conkling and Jeff Fleishman of Golf Business Advisors
Pat McGuire and David Finocchiaro discuss merchandising
NGCOA VA Executive Director David Norman and wife Sherri



Augustine’s par-4 opening hole, featuring dual fairway


The Tee It Forward program was featured


Over 25 companies helped sponsor NGCOA VA and the Annual Meeting




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