Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 community was shared and more powerful than our differ- ences. We became friends. Anything is possible if you stop and find common ground." Second-quarter winner Janovich also became an ambassador in 2014 and was matched with Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia. Janovich, a 12-year GCSAA member, has worked to develop "regular and meaningful communication" with McKinley's staff. With his proximity to Washington, D.C., Janovich has also opened lines of communication with other members of the West Virginia delegation, Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. Add in attendance of National Golf Day over the past sev - eral years, and Janovich has made 27 trips to Capitol Hill on behalf of GCSAA and the industry in his role as an am - bassador. With his regular trips to D.C., Janovich has become a familiar face to those in the offices of West Virginia law - makers. "We are at the point where they know me, why I'm there, what I want, and they are prepared with informa - tion," Janovich says. "I've also been affectionately referred to as the 'golf guy.'" Nichols Hall of Fame-bound Randy Nichols, CGCS Retired and GCSAA president in 1993, will be inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2019. Nichols, a 43-year association member who served for 25 years overseeing Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, was a standout golfer at an early age, captur - ing the Mississippi State Junior Championship in 1965. He went on to play golf for Mississippi State University and earned the Outstanding Senior Golfer Award in 1969. He has been a member of the Georgia GCSA since 1972. He served as the chapter's president from 1985 to 1986 and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation. Nichols, who was GCSAA president in 1993 and received GCSAA's Distin - guished Service Award in 1996, was inducted into the in- augural class of the Georgia GCSA Hall of Fame in 2011. Nichols is the only Georgia superintendent to serve as president of both the Georgia GCSA and GCSAA. The induction ceremony will be Jan. 19 at Atlanta Ath - letic Club. Trending A focused fall for a stress-less spring Tackle fall disease flare-ups, implement pre- ventive strategies, and steel your turf against the stresses of the upcoming winter with this guide for both warm- and cool-season grasses. http://bit.ly/2MRxnXa GCSAA Legacy Award winners announced The scholarship program for children and grand- children of GCSAA members has awarded grants to 20 college students. http://bit.ly/2MrZbwh Salmon Arm showcases environmental stewardship Among its many initiatives to nurture a vibrant ecosystem, Salmon Arm Golf Club in British Columbia is taking steps to restore a creek to its status as a salmon tributary. http://bit. ly/2wP6ZCy Talk to us @GCM_Magazine Facebook.com/GCMmagazine GCM Get m o r e GCMOnline.com Penn State turf icons honored One prepared golf courses for major tournaments — including the Masters, the U.S. Open and the PGA Cham - pionship — over his 38 years as a golf course superin- tendent. One followed in his mentor's footsteps, serving as superintendent for several professional tournaments at some of the country's best-known courses. One is a highly accomplished Penn State faculty member who advises the NFL on ways to make its fields safer for players. In addition to being nationally recognized figures in their fields, Paul R. Latshaw, Matt Shaffer and Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., have something else in common: They are all alumni of Penn State turfgrass programs. To honor their contributions to the turfgrass and sports surface industries, the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council re - cently established three graduate fellowships in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of Plant Science in their names. The council took advantage of the recently concluded Graduate Scholarship Matching Program, an initiative of "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence," the university's current $1.6 billion fundraising campaign. The council's three gifts of $200,000 were doubled through the match, resulting in a $1.2 million influx of funds into the turfgrass science program. The Paul R. Latshaw Turfgrass Graduate Fellowship, the Matthew G. Shaffer Turfgrass Graduate Fellowship and the Andrew S. McNitt Turfgrass Graduate Fellowship for Improvement of Sports Turf Surfaces will help attract and retain high-achieving, creative and innovative ad - vanced-degree candidates who will conduct research on topics such as plant disease, insect threats, soils, fertil - izers, water management, creating safer sports fields and much more. "These men are icons in the industry," says Pete Ramsey, president of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council. "Their careers have been at the very highest level, and yet they have never forgotten their Penn State roots. Their legacy includes thousands of students whom they have mentored through the years — people who have gone on to become leaders in their own right." The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council was established in 1954 to provide funding to advance turfgrass research at Penn State. Through the years, it has contributed more than $6.4 million to the program. Penn State alumni (from left) Matt Shaffer, Paul R. Latshaw and Andrew McNitt, Ph.D. Photo by Mike Houtz

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