Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 The mantra "Get 'em while they're young" is practically universal among advocates seeking to grow the game of golf. From elementary school through college, opportunities abound for kids to collegians to get introduced to, or immerse themselves in, the game. BACK 2 SCHOOL The First Tee is a youth sports organization that strives to "grow the game of golf by transforming the experience that kids (and families) have with the sport." 10,000 — Elementary schools affiliated with The First Tee National School Program, spanning 1,400 school districts 1,300 — Youth centers, like the Y and the Boys & Girls Club, tied to The First Tee DRIVE after-school program 1,200 — Golf facilities hosting First Tee chapter programs for youth ages 7-18 5,000,000 — Youngsters served by First Tee in 2017 The fun doesn't stop at high school. 126 — Golf facilities owned or operated by U.S. colleges, many of which offer discounted rates for students 130 — Golf tournaments per year for college club teams (specifically, not intercollegiate varsity athletic programs) organized as part of Nextgengolf's National Collegiate Club Golf Association 350 — Colleges that have active teams competing in the NCCGA The The change was effective July 1. In February, CMAA's membership voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the association. The name change more accurately iden - tifies who CMAA is and helps distinguish what the organi- zation does, the organization says, adding the new name better reflects the composition of CMAA's membership, which has diversified in the last 10 years. Today, approx - imately one third of the membership is made of profes- sionals who are serving in management roles at their club facilities but are not necessarily the top executive, such as the general manager/chief operating officer. Originally founded in 1927, CMAA promotes rela - tionships between club management professionals and other similar professions; encourages the education and advancement of members through the Certified Club Man - ager (CCM); and provides the resources needed for effi- cient and successful club operations. CMAA will continue to evolve and extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. Under its cur - rent strategic plan, CMAA says it has enhanced its mem- ber offerings and established itself as an even more inclu- sive, value-driven and well-functioning organization. The association will retain its acronym, CMAA. GCSAA mourns passing of past president Edward "Ted" Roberts Jr., who served as GCSAA president in 1966, passed away June 26. He was 98. Roberts, who was a 66-year association member, was born in Abington, Pa., and literally grew up on a golf course: His family lived on the grounds of LuLu Temple Country Club in North Hills, Pa., where his father served as superintendent. He studied agronomy at Penn State Uni - versity in 1940 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a Norden bombsight technician and managed a bombsight shop in Hawaii. Following the war, Roberts worked for his father, who had moved to North Hills Country Club, and replaced him upon his father's re - tirement in 1951. His stops after that include superintendent at Louviers Golf Course in Newark, Del.; Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, N.J.; and Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. He capped his career at Kingsmill Golf Club in Wil - liamsburg, Va., where he was the first superintendent from 1973 until his retirement in 1985.

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