Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Report: Economic Impact Is $8.2 Billion

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Report: Economic Impact Is $8.2 Billion

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Byline: Garry Smits

A week after the PGA of America announced that rounds were up in relation to good weather days in 2014, a Golf 20/20 report has shown that golf's economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2014, up nearly $700 million since 2007.

The report shows that Florida's direct golf economy is larger than the amusement and theme park industry ($5.4 billion) and the medical equipment and supplies industry ($6.5 billion).

The state's golf industry supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wages. Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state.

"Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services," Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and administrator of Golf 20/20 said in a statement. "The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state."

Representatives of Florida's golf industry will be in Tallahassee on Thursday to share the findings with legislators on "Florida Golf Day." They also will report on youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits by key organizations such as the PGA Tour, PGA of America, LPGA, the USGA, the World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee and associations for superintendents, club owners and club managers.

The Florida Golf Economic Impact Study by SRI International is based on several core segments.

GOOD WEEK FOR SEMINOLES

Florida State golf made an impact this past week, from Phoenix to Sea Island to the TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley - and maybe in Boca Raton later this week.

Former Seminole Brooks Koepka won the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale to become the eighth PGA Tour winner from FSU. …

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