The eighth National Golf Day, which promoted the sport to government officials in Washington, D.C., April 15, signaled real progress to officials such
as Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation.
The game’s We Are Golf coalition of more than 100 industry representatives stressed golf’s economic and
charitable impact (nearly $70 billion and $4 billion,
respectively). The day included a series of events in
the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building along
with more than 100 meetings around the Capitol.
Industry leaders sought to make inroads for golf in
water regulations and disaster relief, and include golf
as part of proposed legislation to allow the use of pre-tax health-spending account funds for physical-activity
expenses. “I can tell you unequivocally the narrative
has changed [about golf],” Mona said. —Mike Stachura