Maine Golf Day at State House on June 7

May 31, 2019

Headline: Maine Golf Day at State House on June 7

For immediate release: May 31, 2019

AUGUSTA – The Maine State Golf Association, Golf Maine, New England PGA and Golf Course Superintendents Association are pleased to announce Friday, June 7th is MAINE GOLF DAY. 

Culminating with a gathering in the House of Flags in Augusta, Maine’s allied golf associations meet with state legislators to bring forward the many benefits of golf in our great state.  From junior golf and scholarships to economic impact and jobs, golf in Maine is a $270 million per year industry employing about 5,000 people across the state.

“We are excited to get the word out about the benefits of golf in Maine,” says Curt Jordan, president of the Maine State Golf Association.  “We are seeing some remarkable trends in which sports children are participating in.  Greely High School saw 51 students try out for golf while only 22 tried out for football.  More parents are picking concussion-free sports such as golf and they are starting to pick them earlier in life.”

 “The benefits of a well-maintain open space is tremendous and good for our state,” says Rick Lewis of the Golf Course Superintendents Association.  “We take pride in making our areas as environmentally friendly and as chemical-free as possible.”

Golf Maine Executive Director Peter Webber points out that about 33% of rounds played come from out of state.  “The revenue and economic impact of golfers from beyond our borders is significant.  That’s a $90 million impact per year we have on Maine.” 

“Our biggest weakness is not tooting our own horn on some of the great things golf brings to Maine.  We tend to think of the game being for the affluent, but golf prices have not risen nearly as fast as prices for tickets in other industries.  And Mainers own their golf courses--not every industry can say their owners are from Maine.”

Media is encouraged to stop by the Hall of Flags on Friday, June 7th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.