Three more things …

Three more things …

Pat Jones roams San Antonio and offers observations from a frantic start to the trade show portion of #GIS18.

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February 8, 2018
Pat Jones
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First, I have no idea “how the show is going” because I haven’t seen any of it. I’m running around from thing to thing and have had no chance to judge. Based on the number of people I crashed into while running and tweeting simultaneously before lunch, it was busy. After lunch, I didn’t crash into as many. So, by that highly scientific assessment, lots of folks spent a few hours at the show and bolted. That, my friends, is par for the course these days.

Second, I wish all the best to my old friend Darren Davis who will become president of GCSAA Thursday. I haven’t talked with him recently about his goals and objectives for his term. I hope one of them is to promote National Golf Day and superintendents as advocates so effectively he shames the PGA of America into actually doing something besides folding shirts.

Third, Wednesday was — as always — my busiest and best day of the year. It doesn’t get any better than seeing hundreds of friends, taking too many selfies, meeting our best social media pals at #GCITweetUp18 and taking stock of how the business is doing. The short answer is that we’re doing better than we deserve given how dumb golf was in the 1990s and how much the recession really could have impacted us. It was easy, but through luck and vastly smarter management, golf has survived and come out even better than before. I hope we can avoid screwing it up again in future. Enjoy your Thursday at the show kids!