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Carey Lohrenz featured at Golf Industry Show Closing Celebration

Lohrenz made history as first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot

Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 17, 2019) – Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will motivate and engage the audience at the Closing Celebration, Jan. 30, the final day of the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) annually hosts the industry’s largest golf course management trade show.

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Carey Lohrenz

“We are honored to have Carey Lohrenz join us at GIS,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Her story of breaking down barriers while working in one of the world’s most challenging environments will offer inspiration and insight into helping any team or individual triumph. She is a true American hero.”

Lohrenz’s presentation be the finale of the week of educational, exhibitor and networking opportunities available Jan. 25-30 at the GIS, which includes the GCSAA Golf Championships, the GCSAA Education Conference and the industry trade show. The GIS will offer a dynamic, progressive week of unparalleled networking opportunities and hands-on access to golf course and facility management solutions for golf industry professionals. GCSAA will also host marquee events to recognize its annual award winners, including Gary Player, 2020 recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award.

Having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences as a pioneer in military aviation. She is also the author of “Fearless Leadership: Lessons from the Flight Deck.”


In conjunction with Lohrenz’s appearance, GCSAA will honor GIS attendees and their family members who have served in the military during the Closing Celebration. Names can be submitted for recognition until Jan. 17 at

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About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Angela Hartmann
Director, Marketing and Communications
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