GCSAA gains exposure for leading industry show in Orlando
Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 6, 2016) —The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has announced that “Katrek and Maginnes On Tap,” one of the most popular programs on the PGA Tour Satellite Radio Network, will broadcast live Feb. 8-9, 2017, from the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. The association also will continue as a yearlong advertiser with the show to promote the superintendent profession.
The Golf Industry Show, which is held annually and directed by GCSAA, is an innovative education and trade show for owners and managers of golf facilities, including the association’s 17,500 members and the industries that market to those facilities.
“We are thrilled to have John Maginnes bring his popular radio show to Orlando and help communicate important issues within the golf management industry,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA.
The radio show, on Sirius channel 208 and XM channel 92, is tentatively scheduled to air 5-7 p.m. (Eastern) on Feb. 8-9. Guests for Wednesday will include Evans and Paul R. Latshaw, who is receiving GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award. Thursday’s guests will be GCSAA vice president Bill Maynard and association award winner Josh Heptig.
The program is hosted by John Maginnes, a former PGA Tour player, who spent more than 15 years playing professional golf before starting a second career as a golf announcer in 2005. He won several times on the then Nationwide Tour and had a second place finish on the PGA Tour at the 1996 B.C. Open, where he was paired with a young rookie, Tiger Woods. But before it was all done, the affable journeyman found himself at Q-School trying to regain his PGA Tour status six times. It took a toll.
“Throughout my career, I knew that if I could just get a little bit better or a little bit worse, my life would have a better chance of making sense,” he humorously writes on his website.
An elbow injury finally ended his playing career, but when he picked up a microphone to cover golf, he found a home. He got started on television for the USA Network and then the Golf Channel. He joined the PGA Tour Radio Network in 2005 and has been a fixture there ever since. His notable interview guests have included Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, John Feinstein, Nancy Lopez and Tom Watson.
Maginnes has also been a contributor for Golfweek and U.S. Airways Magazine.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.