Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 says. "I would tell him he would win that year's Father of the Year award. Well, he won so many times, he retired the trophy. He was a person of strong faith in his God and always practiced kindness and caring toward others. Riley will be remembered by me and his many friends as a kind and considerate person who helped make our world a bet - ter place." Born May 5, 1943, Stottern essentially grew up on a golf course. His father, John Lee Stottern, and his maternal grandfather, Wilford Harry Thorne, were superintendents. John Lee Stottern and Thorne were superintendents at Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Riley Stottern worked as a youth. When his father's assistant superintendent at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah, suddenly quit, Stottern was hired. Stottern told GCM in 1981 that he'd learned the trade at "the school of hard knocks" during eight years at Willow Creek before becoming superintendent at the 18- hole Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah, in 1967. His storied career as a superintendent included stops at Desert Inn Hotel and Country Club (Las Vegas), Jeremy Ranch Golf Club (Park City, Utah), Shadow Creek Golf Club (Las Vegas), Players Island Golf Club (Mesquite, Nev.) and Southern Highlands Golf Club (Las Vegas). Stottern was a two-time president, in 1968 and 1978, of the Intermountain GCSA, and he won the IGCSA's Dis - tinguished Service Award in 1999. Though quick to point out the challenges all superintendents face, Stottern made it plain he wouldn't have it any other way. "You need lots of talents," he told GCM in 1981. "You're an agronomist, a weatherman, a mechanic, carpenter, personnel manager, accountant, public relations liaison with your crew, the members, the directors and the community. ... It's like hav - ing your own business without investing your own money. We're managers. We manage money and staff and make technical decisions all the time. Best of all, we get to work on a golf course. The job is always challenging and always interesting. What more could you ask?" Stottern is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Brad - ford; three daughters, Tracy (Gary) Hannay, Johnelle (David) Homer and Leslie (Jonathan) Truman; 11 grand - children; and five great-grandchildren. — Andrew Hartsock, GCM managing editor Williams, Janovich earn ambassador leadership honors Anthony Williams, CGCS, director of golf and land- scape operations at TPC Four Seasons Dallas at Las Co- linas in Irving, Texas, and Nick Janovich, superintendent at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va., have been named GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award winners. The Grassroots Ambassador Leadership (GAL) Award, presented quarterly in partnership with The Toro Co., rec - ognizes individuals who have demonstrated growth in ad- vocacy and advancement of the GCSAA Priority Issues Agenda through congressional outreach and relationship development with a member of Congress. Through Toro, the winners will receive a trip to the 2019 National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. "Advocacy is one of the key ways we can serve mem - bers and advance their profession and the game," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans says. "We are fortunate to have highly engaged members like Anthony and Nick who are working with members of Congress to bring the issues that affect golf to their attention. We congratulate them on this recog - nition of their efforts." The GAL Award is part of GCSAA's Grassroots Am - bassador program, which matches superintendents with members of Congress to establish strong relationships with them. More than 300 GCSAA members currently serve as ambassadors. The 2018 first-quarter winner of the GAL Award was Williams, a 22-year association member, who has a long history of advocacy on behalf of GCSAA and was the recip - ient of the GCSAA Excellence in Government Affairs Award in 2014. That same year, he became part of the inaugural group of ambassadors and was first paired with Rep. Hank Johnson from Georgia. "On the surface, we were total opposites," Williams says of Johnson. "However, when we met in his district office, we found that our sense of Accident insurance helps offset high-deductible health plans. If a visit to the emergency room requires X-rays, an MRI, lab tests or complicated procedures, the total cost could easily exceed your deductible and, depending on your coverage, some portion of the remaining bill will be your responsibility. If you get hurt, accident insurance can help you pay for ambulance transportation, emergency helicopter transportation, diagnostic exams, intensive care and rehabilitation care, physical therapy and ER visits. Diagnosis Average Cost Sprains & strains $1,498 Open wounds of extremeties $1,650 Normal pregnancy and/or delivery $2,008 Headache $1,727 Back problems $1,476 Consider Accident Insurance & Employee Benefits through GCSAA To learn more about this new member benefit, please visit The Kaiser Family Foundation says that 87% of Americans are insured, but many are in high-deductible health plans. The minimum deductible for a plan to qualify as a high-deductible health plan is $1,350 for an individual, or $2,700 for family coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket expense for 2019 for an individual is $6,750 for an individual, $13,500 for a family. A member's out-of-pocket exposure can quickly compound when co-insurance and other costs are involved. $2,168 Average cost of a visit to the ER The top 5 most common reasons for ER visits and charges: Why Accident INSURANCE MATTERS A New Exclusive Member Benefit Sources: National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Family Foundation, eHealth & The Atlantic The

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