Gov. Jay Nixon today marked the first day of the Governor's Conference on Tourism by proclaiming Missouri's first-ever Golf Day, designed to highlight the significant impact the sport has on the state's tourism economy. The inaugural Missouri Golf Day Tournament, which took place today at the Jefferson City Country Club, will direct all proceeds to the Gateway PGA Foundation, which works with underprivileged youth through in-school, after-school and summer activity programs
The Governor was joined at the announcement today by St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, President of the Gateway PGA Foundation; Joe Steranka, CEO of PGA America; and Mark Passey, Regional Director of the U.S. Golf Association.
"Golf's impact on the state of Missouri economy is considerable, and it's about to get even bigger as the Show-Me State prepares to host both the Senior PGA and PGA Championships in the coming years," Gov. Nixon said. "This great sport brings visitors to our state, drives new construction and residential development, generates retail sales, and creates demand for a myriad of goods and services. I am proud to kick off the first ever Missouri Golf Day in recognition of the major role the sport plays in Missouri's tourism economy."
Missouri will host both the 2013 Senior PGA and 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis.
During 2010, Missouri's direct golf economy totaled approximately $888.6 million. When the total economic impact of golf-related activities is considered, the golf industry generated approximately $1.7 billion of direct, indirect and induced economic output, supporting 21,000 jobs in 2010.