The GCSAA announced some minor changes for its annual education conference and industry trade show.
The 2014 GCSAA Education Conference is set for Feb. 3-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Unlike in recent years, there are no scheduled activities for the Friday of golf industry show week. The USGA session, held Friday this year, now will occur from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, before the start of the second day of the trade show (which is Feb. 5-6), and will become the General Session.
Also, to alleviate the overlap between the GCSAA Golf Championships and the Education Conference, the golf tournament dates were moved back one day. The four-ball competition is set for Saturday, Feb. 1, with the fun event (shamble format) scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2. The GCSAA National Championship and the GCSAA Golf Classic will be held Sunday through Monday, Feb. 2-3. All golf events will take place at Orlando-area golf facilities.
"The focus will remain on keeping the agenda as condensed as possible to minimize expense and time away for both attendees and exhibitors," GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans says. "Our post-event surveys indicate that our efforts to shorten the week were seen as positive, but there were a few instances where conflicts were created. We have shared the new schedule with some of our committees, and the response has been good."
A working schedule of events is now available on the conference website, http://www.gcsaa.org/conference, with additional information as it becomes available. Housing reservations open Aug. 6, and GCSAA member registration for the golf tournament, conference and trade shows open in early November.