May 15, 2014
Longtime golf industry communicator with more than three decades of experience
GCSAA tabs Smith to fill communications post
Craig Smith, a veteran communicator with more than three decades of experience at the highest levels of the golf industry, has been named the new director of communications and media relations for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
Most recently a communications consultant and owner of his own public relations and communications firm, Smith spent nearly 20 years of his career as the director, media relations, for the United States Golf Association (USGA), where he played a key role in the media operations and communications that surround the USGA's 13 annual national championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open.
"We feel fortunate to add someone with Craig's expertise and experience in the game of golf to the GCSAA team," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "He is well-known and well-respected in the golf industry, has a stellar reputation among the golf media and, most importantly, he knows our members and the work they do. We're confident he’ll continue to build on what we’ve already accomplished in regards to communications and outreach."
A graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., Smith began his communications career as the sports information director at Lafayette College, an NCAA Division I program in Eaton, Pa. He joined the USGA in 1989, and in his 19 years with the organization ushered in a number of innovative programs related to media operations at USGA championships. In 2009, he joined the Cliffs Communities in Greenville, S.C., as its senior director, public relations, before creating his own communications and public relations firm, Double Eagle, in 2010.
Smith is a member of several professional associations, including the International Association of Business Communicators, the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. He has also served as a board member for the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Smith officially begins his duties May 27.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.