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[2023-12-04] The National Golf Course Owners Association Announces Award Winners for 2024 

12-04-2023 05:39

Charleston, SC (December 4, 2023) - The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the association’s annual awards. Each year, the NGCOA recognizes the most outstanding members of the past year, and the individuals and organizations that have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business.

"We are pleased to announce this year's honorees for our national awards,” said Tom Brooks, Chair of the NGCOA Board of Directors. “Every nomination put forth was warranted, and the selection process is always a daunting one. We thank our members and our Awards Committee for the thoughtful selection, and look forward to celebrating all the winners at our annual meeting and conference."

Winners will be recognized throughout NGCOA’s Golf Business Conference 2024, January 22-24, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. Visit for event details.

The Jemsek National Course of the Year Award recognizes a golf course that epitomizes exceptional course quality and management excellence, makes important contributions to its communities and the game, and is a model of operations to its peers.

The following members were selected as Regional Courses of the Year winners (from which the National Course of the Year is chosen):
  • Northampton Country Club in Leeds, Massachusetts (East Region)
  • A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, the Sundance Course in Kewadin, Michigan (Midwest Region)
  • TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia (South Region)
  • Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington (West Region)

From these regional winners, the NGCOA Board of Directors selected Northampton Country Club as the 2024 Jemsek National Course of the Year.

The Don Rossi Award award is given for significant and long-lasting contribution to the NGCOA:

  • Matt Galvin, President & CEO, Morningstar Golf & Hospitality

The Player Development Award is bestowed upon a course, entity or individual, which has implemented true and tested player development programs, providing effective return-on-investment and an overall welcoming atmosphere for new golfers of all ages:

  • Maple Hill Golf Course in Grandville, MI
  • Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago, IL

The Paul Porter award recognizes an NGCOA member who left an enduring mark on a national or international affiliate through the highest level of commitment, service and leadership. The recipient will be announced at the Golf Business Conference closing luncheon on Wednesday, January 24.

The Award of Merit is the organization’s most prestigious, and recognizes long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf, and will be announced at a later date.

The Champion Award is bestowed upon individuals or entities which have succeeded in working on behalf of a group of owners – locally, regionally, nationally or internationally – and have achieved significant victory for our industry. The recipient will be announced at National Golf Day 2024 in Washington, DC.

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About the Golf Business Conference
The Golf Business Conference is the industry’s largest annual gathering of golf course owners and operators, and is hosted by the NGCOA. Golf Business Conference 2024 will include 3+ days of education, activities and networking relevant to golf course ownership and operation. Through NGCOA’s continuing strategic alliance with the PGA of America and PGA Golf Exhibitions, GBC24 attendees can also participate in a wide range of activities at the 2024 PGA Show. GBC24 attendees can earn continuing education credits from the PGA of America, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Learn more at

About the National Golf Course Owners Association
The NGCOA is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The association represents and promotes the interests of golf courses as the principal businesses and economic assets of the game of golf. The not-for-profit organization is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to golf course owners and operators. Through advocacy, education and information resources, purchasing programs and networking opportunities, the NGCOA helps golf course owners and operators run more successful businesses. For more information or to join, visit or call 800-933-4262.

Media Contact: Renee Flowers, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, NGCOA,

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