International Thank a Superintendent Day set for Sept. 10

By |  July 9, 2024 0 Comments

Thank a Superintendent Day is making a return Tuesday, Sept. 10, thanks to efforts by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and other global superintendent associations.

The recognizing is for those who are essential to golf’s success and all golfers, people in the golf business or anyone who benefits from the game is encouraged to thank superintendents and other turf technicians for their hard work and dedication to creating the playing surfaces enjoyed by millions around the globe. 

In addition to GCSAA and BIGGA, other groups taking part in the global event include the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA). These groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries globally. 

The celebration will include commercials set to appear on the Golf Channel, print advertisements and social media posts, all sharing the many ways greenkeepers and superintendents benefit the game and their communities. Golfers and others are encouraged to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtags #ThankAGreenkeeper (in the UK) or #ThankASuper (United States and elsewhere). 

Celebrities are also encouraged to get involved, and some to already record messages of support include Jimmy Bullard, Peter Crouch and Joe Cole, as well as reality TV star Mark Wright, social media influencers Mia Baker and Gaz Beadle and Sky Sports personalities Kirsty Gallagher and Trey Niven.

Golf courses and other groups are encouraged to provide special recognition for their greenkeeping team. Previous years has seen this include providing clubhouse meals or a token of gratitude for the team or just sharing a message of support across club newsletters and websites. 

During the 2023 Thank A Superintendent Day, social media messages reached more than 14.7 million followers around the world and broadcast media reached an additional 18 million people. A social media tool kit will be made available on the GCSAA and BIGGA websites in early August with materials to aid in the celebration.

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