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Industry show to feature comedian Hammond

Famed impressionist will bring his cast of characters to the Closing Celebration.

Lawrence, Kan. (Oct. 24, 2017) – Actor and comedian Darrell Hammond, best known for his 14 years on “Saturday Night Live,” will entertain the audience at the Closing Celebration, Feb. 8, the final day of the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which annually hosts the industry’s largest golf course management trade show, made the announcement on behalf of its 17,500 members and the Closing Celebration sponsor John Deere Golf. 

The event's theme, “Connect. Discover. Elevate.”, highlights the scope of educational, exhibitor and networking opportunities available Feb. 3-8 at 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 World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, 2018 recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award. 

Hammond, 62, the second-longest cast member in “SNL” history, was lauded by viewers and critics alike for his spot-on impersonations of celebrities and politicians, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, Dan Rather, John Travolta, Jesse Jackson, Richard Dreyfus and Ted Koppel. He even brought his impressions to the White House, appearing alongside President Clinton in 2007 and receiving a standing ovation from the press and President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2001. 

In addition to his “SNL” appearances, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films and television shows. As a truly versatile actor, Hammond has displayed his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his feature films include “New York Minute,” “Celtic Pride,” “Blues Brothers 2000,” “Agent Cody Banks” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster.” On television, he has been seen in “Law and Order: SVU,” “Damages” and “Third Rock from the Sun.”

On stage, he continues to move audiences with his comedy, performing throughout the country. Hammond gave Comedy Central its biggest ratings to date for a half-hour comedy special, performing in his own “Comedy Central Presents: Darrell Hammond." He also appears frequently to perform on national late-night talk shows. As an actor, he continually looks for new and challenging roles to expand his talents in film and television.

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 nearly 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

About the Golf Industry Show

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative conference and trade show combining education, networking opportunities and practical solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders. The largest exhibit floor in the industry features the "Inside the Ropes" presentation area, GCSAA TV stage, education on the trade show floor, new product showcase, Silent Auction, Student Pavilion, Test Drive Technology Center and much more.

The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with participating partners: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Angela Hartmann
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
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