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San Diego to host GCSAA tournament

2019 GCSAA Golf Championships set for February in San Diego

Texan Matt Cowan will return to defend GCSAA national title at La Costa Champions Course

Lawrence, Kan. (Nov. 13, 2018) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Golf Championships will be contested Feb. 2-4, 2019, in San Diego as part of the Golf Industry Show.

The championships, presented in partnership with The Toro Co. and benefiting the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), will offer four different events over three days and will draw members of all abilities. The competitions will take place at five high-end courses in the San Diego area, including courses that host professional events for the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour – Torrey Pines North, and Aviara Golf Club, respectively.


In addition to the GCSAA National Championship Feb. 3-4, a four-ball competition will be held Feb. 2, followed by a scramble event on Feb. 3. The two-day Golf Classic is scheduled for Feb. 3-4, and will offer both a gross and net flighted competition that will use a point-quota scoring system. Flights in the Golf Classic will rotate between courses.

More than 450 GCSAA members participated in the 2018 combined championships, which raised $50,000 for the EIFG. Matt Cowan of The Hills of Lakeway in Austin, Texas, won last year’s National Championship at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. The National Championship is limited to 72 GCSAA members with a 5.0 handicap index or lower.

Other courses welcoming golfers over the three days of events are La Costa Resort and Encinitas Ranch. Read more about the courses and competitions at

The PGA of America will provide Rules officials and course set-up. In addition, The Toro Co. will mark its 25th year as the presenting partner of the GCSAA Golf Championships. Toro, a GCSAA Platinum Partner, is a global leader in providing maintenance equipment and irrigation systems to golf courses.

The 2019 GCSAA Golf Championships will be held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, featuring the GCSAA education conference and the tradeshow Feb. 4-7 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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.

Angela Hartmann
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-393-1361 (cell)