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December 2017 GCAA National Convention
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

The 2017 National Convention will be held Dec. 11-13 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Further information will be posted below later this year.

August 2, 2017

Welcome

The GCAA National Advisory Board (NAB) is pleased to announce that the 2016 GCAA National Convention will be held December 11-13 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Events

The convention fee for the 2017 event will be $425 ($450 after November 1, $500 on-site). We will be announcing our lineup of speakers in August and September, including those that will be a part of our joint GCAA/WGCA session Monday, December 11.

The site of this year’s convention will again be the Planet Hollywood in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. The GCAA convention room rate is $89 + tax (Sunday-Thursday) and $149 + tax (Friday and Saturday). A $19 daily resort fee will also be added to the rates above, which includes admission to the Fitness Center daily and in-room internet access. The room block cutoff date will be November 22, 2017. Once our room block is filled, there is no guarantee of additional room availability at our convention price.

Again this year the GCAA will host a Rules Workshop for the membership. The workshop will be held Sunday evening, December 10 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. The cost for the workshop is $45 and space is limited.

Again this year, the AJGA will be holding an event in conjunction with the GCAA Convention. The AJGA evian International and Seniors Showcases will be held at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas and feature 156 unsigned 2018 graduates and international players. The dates of the event will be December 8-10. For more information please visit https://www.ajga.org/microsite/index.asp?tn=2017119#

To see the schedule of events please visit https://www.ajga.org/microsite/index.asp?tn=2017119#SOE

Complimentary transportation will be provided by the events for our coches to and from Planet Hollywood to the AJGA event.

This year the convention will begin on Monday, December 11 with a full day of activities, including a joint session with the WGCA with guest speakers to be announced. The evening will conclude with the Hall of Fame reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we honor our members for their outstanding contributions to our profession for 2017. The class will be announced in October.

Our Corporate Partners Exhibit Night will be held Tuesday, December 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Great food will be provided as always.

Registration

Planet Hollywood has created a unique web link to easily book your reservation online.

https://aws.passkey.com/go/SMGCA7

If you prefer you can call the Reservation Center at 866-317-1829 to secure a reservation in the group block. The name of the group is listed as Men’s Golf Coaches Association of America or use the group code SMGCA7 (NOTE - THERE IS A $15 (+ TAX) PROCESSING FEE TO RESERVE BY PHONE - BUT NO FEE TO USE THE RESERVATION LINK ABOVE).

The cut-off date to make reservations in the block at the group rate is Wednesday, November 22, 2017. After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only. The GCAA convention room rate is $89 + tax (Sunday-Thursday) and $149 + tax (Friday and Saturday). A $19 daily resort fee will also be added to the rates above, which includes admission to the Fitness Center daily and in-room internet access.

This year's convention fee will again be $425 for GCAA members ($450 after November 1 and $500 for registration on-site in Las Vegas). The registration fee for High School or International Coaches is $350 and includes all meetings and educational sessions but does not include the GCAA Awards Dinner. Non-Member guests can also be invited by GCAA Members (limit 4) and can attend for a fee of $375, which again includes all meetings and educations sessions but does not incude the GCAA Awards Dinner - these need to be invites from GCAA member coaches. Tickets to the Awards Dinner can be purchased separately (limited availability). Please call the GCAA at 405 329-4222 with questions.

Cancellation must be submitted in writing to the GCAA National Office by email or fax no later than 10 days before the start of the convention. Upon receipt of your cancellation, the GCAA will refund the convention registration fee less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations recieved after the deadline are not eligible for a refund, unless approved by the Executive Committee. Attendee bears all risk of inclement weather.

Transportation

If you do wish to rent a car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car/National Car Rental are the preferred rental cars for our organization. As a reminder, you can use our GCAA corporate account number XZ51060 for special GCAA rates.

Alaska Airlines is offering a discount for GCAA Members who are flying to Las Vegas for the National Convention. This applies to any US or Canadian city to Las Vegas on Alaska or Horizon Air (excludes Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Hawaii; Mexico; or Costa Rica). 

The Discount Code ECMZ061 has been activated and is available for booking.

To use the Discount Code, go online to alaskaair.com and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters. By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules. You may also use the Discount Code by calling Alaska Airlines Group Desk; however a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply.

See You in December

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for what will be an amazing week. We hope that this venue will serve as a great host for another informative, fast-paced and exciting convention and look forward to again holding the convention in the same building with our friends from the WGCA.

Convention Registration Forms/Links will be coming soon

Convention Registration Form

Convention Registration Form (High School Coach)

Convention Registration Form (International Coach)

Convention Registration From (Friend of the Association)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the GCAA National Office by email or fax no later than 10 days before the start of convention. Upon receipt of your cancellation, GCAA will refund convention registration fee less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations received after the deadline are not eligible for a refund, unless approved by the Executive Committee. Attendee bears all risk of inclement weather. -NAB

The 2017 Convention Schedule will be released in September, but please view the 2016 Convention Schedule as a reference below

Saturday, December 10

AJGA Boys Senior Championship (Angel Park Golf Club)
Coaches Shuttles Begin from Planet Hollywood (to AJGA) - 7:00 a.m.
Tee Times Begin on #1 and #10 Mountain Course - 7:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start - Palm Course - 8:30 a.m.
NAB Officers Meeting (Westwood Ballroom) - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NAB Board Meeting (Wilshire A) - 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
GCAA/WGCA Officers Dinner (P.F. Changs) - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 11

College Golf Combine (Rio Secco Golf Club)
Coaches Shuttles Begin from Planet Hollywood (to CGC & AJGA) - 7:00 a.m. to AJGA and 7:15 a.m. to CGC
Tee Times Begin on #1 and #10
Lunch in Clubhouse for Coaches - 12:00 noon
AJGA Boys Senior Championship (Angel Park Golf Club)
Coaches Shuttles Begin from Planet Hollywood (to AJGA) - TBD
Tee Times Begin on #1 and #10 Mountain Course - 7:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start - Palm Course - 8:30 a.m.
Convention Registration (Registration Desk 1)
GCAA/WGCA Rules Workshop (Limited Availability) (Celebrity 6) - 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 12

Convention Registration (Registration Desk 1) - 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
President's Welcome (Celebrity 4) - 7:45 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.
Jon Gordon, Bestselling Author & Speaker (Celebrity 4) - 7:55 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Joe Skovron, PGA TOUR Caddy (Rickie Fowler) (Celebrity 4) - 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cameron McCormick, Featured Instructor (Celebrity 4) - 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Mark Laesch Recognition (Celebrity 4) - 12:00 noon - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch On Own - 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
GCAA General Business Meeting (Celebrity 4) - 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Division I Breakout (Celebrity 4) - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Division III Roundtable (Sunset 3) - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Reception (Celebrity 5) - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Awards Dinner (Celebrity 6-8) - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13

Mike McGraw, Baylor University Head Men's Golf Coach (Celebrity 4) - 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
David Orr, Putting Coach/Flatstick Academy (Celebrity 4) - 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Lunch On Own - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Division I Breakout (Celebrity 4) - 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Division II Breakout (Wilshire B) - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Division III Breakout (Sunset 3) - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Division I NAB Members - Golf Channel Meeting (Santa Monica 4) - 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NAIA Breakout (Melrose 1) - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NJCAA Breakout (Sunset 4) - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
USGA WAGR Information Session (Celebrity 4) - 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Corporate Partner's Exhibit Night (Mezzanine) - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14

Mark Guadagnoli, Practice to Learn, Play to Win (Celebrity 4) - 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Golfweek Coaches Forum (Celebrity 4) - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

  • Chris Haack, Georgia Men's Head Coach
  • Mary Lou Mulflur, Washington Women's Head Coach
  • Greg Robertson, Kent State Women's Head Coach
  • Mike Small, Illinois Men's Head Coach



 
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