Alliance Connects with Congressional and Industry Leaders at National Golf Day

Alliance Connects with Congressional and Industry Leaders at National Golf Day

Hobe Sound, FL – On May 1, 2019, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and members of our Board of Directors joined the Golf Industry on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress on issues facing the Golf Industry such as environmental, labor and health and wellness issues. More than 300 industry representatives participated in approximately 244 Congressional visits and meetings. Other participants under the We Are Golf umbrella included the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Golf Course Builders Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, U.S. Golf Manufacturers Council, and the World Golf Foundation.


President Mike Tinkey and Board Member and incoming ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan

Aside from members of the Board of Directors including President Mike Tinkey, Vice President Melissa Low, Secretary Jan Bel Jan, Justin Apel, Chava McKeel, Ronnie Miles, Henry Wallmeyer, and Executive Director Steve Jubb, the Alliance was represented by Tom Houston, a member of the Alliance Advisory Board, and Susan Deis, both accessibility advocates.

One of the topics for discussion during the Hill meetings is the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. The PHIT Act promotes physical health by allowing the use of pre-tax medical funds – like Health Savings Accounts – to pay for qualified fitness and sports expenses. In the case of individuals with disabilities, it would provide those the opportunity to set up an account and use some of the funds towards golf-related activities. The Golf Industry is rallying around this legislation to help families overcome financial barriers to healthy lifestyles.

About the Alliance: The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a charitable organization working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals to play the game of golf. The Alliance is represented by major golf organizations in the United States, organizations that provide services for people with disabilities and other advocates. Through GAIN™ (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors, and the public. For more information about Alliance programs, please visit



About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
Dave Barton, PGA is the Executive Director for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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