Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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76 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 Q: What advice would you give someone who is considering this industry? A: My advice to them would be, "Is the reward worth it for all the hard work necessary?" I had a boss tell me this when I first got into the industry 11 years ago, and of course I didn't realize what he meant by the reward and the hard work needed to get there, but it was completely worth it, and I wouldn't change it for anything. Q: What's for breakfast? A: I usually have a banana, granola bar and protein shake. Not much of a breakfast guy and try to keep it semi- healthy but seek the occasional doughnut. Q: Name the piece of equipment or tool that is most underrated in this industry. A: The old soil probe. With all of the technology and the TDR probes and other moisture-management programs in place, everything gets too technical sometimes. I still trust the old soil probe over everything. Q: What is your favorite song and its artist? A: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Q: You married Emily in February. How did you meet? A: I met Emily camping, of all places in Algonac, Mich. I was with my aunt and uncle, and it was a last-minute trip for me, and here we are more than 11 years later. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Hockey's loss is the golf industry's gain. Michael Sisk was a defenseman in his youth hockey days. He was pretty good at it. A native of Gibraltar, Mich., Sisk's Midget AAA Under-18 team won a na- tional championship. Sisk did defenseman things. "One time I picked on the wrong guy. He was 6-6 and had hands the size of cinder blocks," says Sisk, who received three stitches above his left eye from the fight. "I think I held my own." Others sure thought he was worthy. Michigan State University offered a scholarship, but having already endured six knee surgeries (three on each knee), Sisk heeded his doctor's advice. "The doctor said if I wanted to still walk by the time I was 30, I'd better take another route," Sisk, a three-year GCSAA member, says. He took a job on a golf course, Lakes of Taylor in Taylor, Mich., and discovered an enjoyable alternative to hockey. "I ended up falling in love with it," Sisk says. Michael Sisk Was: Student, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway, S.C. Is: Assistant superintendent, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Mich. Twitter: @mikemsisk0424 (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Aug. 2-5 — PGA Tour, WGC-Bridge- stone Invitational , Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio; Larry Napora, director of golf course operations; Tim Gruber, superintendent Aug. 2-5 — PGA Tour, Barracuda Championship , Montreux Golf & Country Club, Reno, Nev.; Doug Heinrichs, CGCS Aug. 2-5 — LPGA, Ricoh Women's Open , Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Links, Lancashire, England Aug. 2-5 — Web.com Tour, KC Golf Classic , Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.; Gary Sailer, CGCS Aug. 2-5 — European Tour, Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways , Natadola Bay Country Club, Natadola Aug. 3-5 — PGA Tour Champions, 3M Championship , TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.; Mark Michalski, superintendent Aug. 6-12 — USGA, U.S. Women's Amateur , The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs; Jeffrey Huber, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 8-12 — European Tour, European Golf Team Championships , Gleneagles Auchterader, Perthshire, Scotland Aug. 9-12 — PGA of America, PGA Championship , Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis; Carlos Arraya, CGCS, director of grounds and agronomy Aug. 9-12 — Web.com Tour, Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae , Hayward, Calif.; Dave Davies, CGCS, director of grounds and agronomy Aug. 10-12 — Symetra Tour, PHC Classic , Brown Deer Park Golf Course, Milwaukee; Tim Wegner, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 13-19 — USGA, U.S. Amateur , Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.; Chris Dalhamer, CGCS, and Robert Yeo, GCSAA Class A superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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