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NGCOA Will Honor Greg Norman with Award of Merit
During Association's Annual ConferenceGreg Norman

World-renowned golfer and entrepreneur Greg Norman will be honored as the recipient of the 2015 NGCOA Award of Merit during the Association's Annual Conference in San Antonio, Tex. The Award of Merit is the NGCOA’s longest-running award and is designated for long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf. Norman will be honored during the Celebration Dinner and Awards Gala at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel on Wed., Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

"Greg Norman has had a tremendous positive impact on the world of golf as a Hall of Fame caliber player, noted golf course designer, and as a global golf brand builder involved in a myriad of successful golf related businesses," said NGCOA CEO, Mike Hughes. "He is an internationally recognized ambassador for golf and has done it with a charisma and flair that has attracted millions to the game. It is hard to imagine a more worthy recipient for the Award of Merit."

Norman spent 331 weeks as the world's No. 1 ranked golfer and is arguably the most successful athlete turned businessman ever. He has approached his business with the same vigor with which he attacked the golf course and has transcended the game of golf as Chairman & CEO of his multi-national corporation, Great White Shark Enterprises, which operates in over 47 countries.

With 16 different businesses today, GWSE is a mini-conglomerate with a diverse portfolio of long-standing, well-established and successful companies ranging from lifestyle-driven consumer products (apparel, wine, beef, sunglasses) to golf course design, event management (3 PGA Tour events), real estate development, investment funds and a restaurant, to name a few.

The culmination of Mr. Norman’s renowned golfing success, international business acumen and peripatetic adventure-seeking provides him a unique perspective into global trends, market forces and consumer demands.

The association also will recognize winners of the Jemsek Award for Golf Course Excellence; the Don Rossi Award for significant and long-lasting contributions to the NGCOA; the Champion Award for service to course owners at the state level; the Player Development Award for success in attracting new players to the game; and the Paul Porter Award for commitment, service and leadership to a chapter or international affiliate. The winner of the National Course of the Year Award will also be announced during the awards ceremony.

The NGCOA's Annual Conference is the golf industry's largest gathering of owners and operators of daily fee, private, resort and municipal courses. The conference, which will be held Feb. 23-26, offers educational and networking opportunities and guest speakers. NGCOA members and non-members can register for the conference at www.ngcoa.org/conference.

The conference occurs in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 25-26, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center (San Antonio, Tex.). The show, which is presented by the NGCOA and GCSAA, showcases the golf industry's latest products and services throughout an expansive exhibit area and offers a wide range of educational opportunities.

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