Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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Page 27 of 97 24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 During the first few years of working with Gorazd to form an organization, he also expressed interest in an edu - cational program. With this, we determined to have speak- ers who did not represent commercial industry and gave biased presentations, but were more like the speakers at the Golf Industry Show. At a program in November 1999, the speakers from the U.S. were Stan Zontek from the USGA Green Section, golf course architect Robert McNeil from Northeast Golf Co., and myself. Since that time, the academic speakers at this con - ference have included Pete Dernoeden, Ph.D., University of Maryland; Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Frank Rossi, Ph.D., Cornell University; Pat Vittum, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts; Michael Fidanza (who will be a speaker this year), John Kaminski and Al Turgeon, all Ph.D.'s from Penn State; Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., Ohio State; William Meyer, Ph.D., Rutgers; and Joe Vargas, Ph.D., Michigan State. Golf course superintendents who have served as speakers are: Mark Kuhns, CGCS, Baltus - rol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.; Brian Palmer, Shoreacres, Lake Bluff, Ill.; Pat Finlen, CGCS, The Olympic Club, San Francisco; Matt Shaffer, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.; and Tom Brodeur, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass. Other speakers include GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans; GCM contrib - utor John Mascaro; USGA Green Section's Adam Moeller; and United Kingdom contributors Howard Swan, Andrew Campbell and Dean Cleaver. This year's event will feature Thomas Nikolai, Ph.D., aka "The Doctor of Green Speed," from Michigan State University, who will speak on visible wear caused by golf cleat/sole designs and the ABCs of putting-green man - agement. Other scheduled speakers are McNeil, Brodeur, Mascaro and golf course architect Jan Bel Jan. Additional speakers from Europe will participate as well. The Slovenian Greenkpeers Association currently has 44 total members and five honorary members: Er - nest Sirovnik from Bled Golf Club, considered the father of Slovenian greenkeeping; Dernoeden; Turgeon; Kuhns; and myself. Scheduled Nov. 13-14, "Days of Education" will be a great opportunity to meet greenkeepers from eight or more different countries, as attendance is between 85 and 110, and most everyone in attendance has a very good grasp of the English language. Oh, brother Bobby and Billy Bolin remember when Shorty's Ice Cream Shoppe on West Main Street used to go by another name. In tiny Albion, Neb., population 1,600 and about two hours northwest of Omaha, the ice cream store was called Charlie's when they were boys living on a farm and loving golf. The Bolin brothers still love golf — and are stamping their imprint on the business at two of the most renowned golf courses in the world. Bobby Bolin is an assistant superintendent at Shin - necock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., where the 118th U.S. Open was played in June. In the Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses biennial rank- ings for 2017-18, Shinnecock is No. 4. Billy Bolin, who was in town to see his brother and watch some golf, is an assis - Trending Monarch-minded at Meadow Club David Sexton, CGCS, shares tips gleaned from experimenting with various milkweed planting methods in the California course's butterfly habitat. Tennis (balls), anyone? The maintenance equipment at the 2018 U.S. Open featured some brightly colored, highly practical accessories. Get the scoop on a strategy used at Shinnecock Hills. http://bit. ly/2KYWbVw New research on curbing runoff Scientists examined the effects of two main- tenance practices on controlling pesticide runoff, and their findings translate to practical recommendations for superintendents. http:// Talk to us @GCM_Magazine GCM Get m o r e tant PGA club professional at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., which has hosted events such as the U.S. Women's Open and is ranked No. 29. For them to spend time together provided a chance to reflect on how far they have advanced in their respective professions. "It's big for us," Bobby Bolin says. "We have a love of the game, and we want to be at the best places." Billy Bolin is 31; Bobby is 28. Perhaps they were meant to do great things at great golf courses. Maybe it's in their blood. Their great-uncle, Dick Bolin, is in the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame for his playing career. He passed away last year. The Bolins' father, Jeff, doesn't just farm; he has won club golf championships. Their sister, Brooke, has game too. "She hits it 265 yards off the tee," says Billy, who notes that Bobby is a pretty good player in his own right. Bobby Bolin, who went to the University of Nebraska, has been on the Shinnecock Hills staff since 2015. He knew this championship was coming then, and he cher - ished it. "It doesn't get much bigger than this," he says. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime." — H.R. North Carolina governor lauds state's golf industry On June 20, Gov. Roy Cooper praised North Carolina's golf industry for its role as a major driver in the state's economy. In declaring the day North Carolina Golf Day, Gov. Cooper said golf generated an annual direct and indi - rect economic impact of $4.2 billion, supported more than 53,000 jobs and paid out $1.3 billion in wages. In marking North Carolina Golf Day, the governor wel - comed a delegation of golf industry representatives to the governor's mansion in Raleigh. He signed a proclamation that, in addition to citing golf's economic impact, also high - lighted its social and environmental contributions, such as providing valuable green space in urban settings by mod - erating temperatures; mitigating air, noise and water pol- lution; and providing wildlife habitat. The governor noted that, through nationally and inter - nationally televised events such as the 2017 PGA Cham- pionship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, golf continues to generate immense free publicity and promotion for the state, attracting visitors and critical tourism dollars. In addition to the Carolinas GCSA, golf industry inter - ests represented in the delegation included the Carolinas Golf Association, Carolinas PGA Section, Carolinas Chap - ter of the Club Managers Association of America, North Carolina Golf Course Owners Association, American So - ciety of Golf Course Architects, and individual clubs and equipment manufacturers. Later that day, the Carolinas GCSA presented a check for $107,000 to further turfgrass research efforts at North Carolina State University, money raised through GCSAA's annual Rounds 4 Research auction. Brothers Bobby (left) and Billy Bolin come from small-town Nebraska, but have made an impact at big-time major championship golf courses. Bobby is an assistant superintendent at Shinnecock Hills GC in Southampton, N.Y., and Billy is an assistant PGA club pro at Prairie Dunes CC in Hutchinson, Kan. Photo courtesy of Billy Bolin

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