Entertainer Frank Caliendo impersonated just about anyone you could imagine.
Charles Barkley. Bill Clinton. Morgan Freeman. Al Pacino. George W. Bush. Jon Gruden. Adam Sandler. And, of course, Donald Trump.
"We're going to make the Turf Bowl great again," Caliendo said in his Trump voice during his 90-minute segment to close Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2016 inside the San Diego Convention Center this evening.
The celebration, presented in partnership with with John Deere Golf, was the final touch on a week of education, trade shows, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new ones.
It also signaled the starting point for Pete Grass, CGCS, as he launches his term as new president of GCSAA. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans called this a very busy week but a productive one. Nearly 13,000 attended GIS. John Deere Golf's David Plaster spoke about the future. He likes what it has in store.
"We're beginning a new era of innovation," Plaster said before commending the Turf Bowl squads, who provide the hope for all of those tomorrows.
"You are the proof the future of our industry is in good hands," he said.
Ultimately, it was Caliendo to cap the event, and he had lots of people laughing as they sat back and relaxed following a calendar-circled event for the industry. At one point he pointed to the letters GCSAA on the podium and went into his making fun of Bush mode.
"Gooksah," he said, a futile attempt to create a word out of GCSAA.
In 358 days, GIS invades Orlando, Fla. For a moment, though, it was more important for equipment manager Cory Phillips to cherish the present. This GIS was too good to put in the rearview mirror just yet.
"It was mind-blowing. I have been like a kid in a candy store," says Phillips, who works at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Ga., and was chosen for the 2015 Most Valuable Technician Award. "My dream's come true being here."