Second, I’m a giant fan of what the GCBAA and its members have done with the Inside the Ropes green and bunker build. It is, without question, the coolest thing at the show. I hope y’all will go by to see it up close and say thanks to the many companies and individuals who put in an estimated 1,500 hours of work and tens of thousands of dollars to construct it. I also hope that GCSAA’s show management will give them full credit for creating an incredibly memorable sight at the show.
Finally, it’s amazing and awesome and wonderful to see so many OLD friends here at the show. I think this is number 30 for me (which isn’t even half of the 63 shows Jim “Speedy” Lipari has now been to). As I look around, it’s heartening that so many Boomers are still trundling around our business. But, it’s a little disheartening to see so few Xers and Millennials attending. Despite good intentions, we’ve become older, whiter and even more male-centric than I can remember. Perhaps it’s because it’s a smaller show and more likely to attract the “usual suspects.” Perhaps it’s just my imagination. Or perhaps it’s time we make way for a new, more diverse and more energetic generation to lead us into the future.
Perhaps we should discuss it this year in the pages of GCI. I hope you’ll come along for the ride and I hope you’ll chime in and let us know what you think. See you at the show.