Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 legendary Arnold Palmer played in the tournament. When Palmer arrived by helicopter that week at Oakmont, Kuhns, who has known the Palmer family for years, picked up The King and drove him to the course. What won't he miss about being a superintendent? "You think about it (golf course) night and day, 365 days a year, for the last 42 years," he says. What will he miss? "To see what God has created and that you've given him a helping hand with it," Kuhns says. — H.R. Lounello earns Mendenhall honor Marcus Lounello, a Penn State University student, is the winner of the Mendenhall Award of $6,000 in GCSAA's 2018 Scholars Competition. Originally from Glendale, Colo., Lounello served in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound. The injury was a life-changing experience that affected him physically and mentally. After months of recovery and therapy, Lounello began to walk again and discovered golf and its benefits. Through the Semper Fi Foundation, Lounello was intro - duced to other injured service members. The group would get together and talk about their injuries while playing golf, and Lounello found a passion for the game, ultimately de - ciding to pursue a career in golf course management. Lounello interned with Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver before deciding to earn a degree in turfgrass man - agement at Penn State. He has also interned with the Den- ver Country Club and will complete his degree in March. He plans to find a managerial position at a course in the Denver area and establish a work program for veterans. Lounello hopes to help ease the transition from military life to civilian life for fellow veterans by hosting annual golf outings where they can connect with each other. "I am so honored and proud to have received the Men - denhall Award. This was a huge surprise, and I am grateful to be able to represent Penn State in winning this award," says Lounello. "This provided me with a huge boost of con - fidence in my career, and it is really special to know that all the hard work that I have put in this past year has paid off." The GCSAA Scholars Competition is funded primarily by the Robert Trent Jones endowment and is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA's philan - thropic organization. The award is named for the late Chet Mendenhall, who was a charter GCSAA member, a past president (1948) and recipient of the association's Distin - guished Service Award (1986). Trending Proactive steps to prevent winterkill You can't control cold weather, but, contrary to popular belief, you can take measures to ward off winterkill of turfgrass. James McCurdy, Ph.D., outlines preventive strategies and best practices. Syngenta takes tasty approach to promotion The Posterity food truck is traveling the country to feed superintendents and highlight the com - pany's new dollar spot fungicide. First Green gains traction in Maryland The STEM education program has a waiting list, TV coverage and an engaged network of super - intendent hosts in the Mid-Atlantic. Talk to us @GCM_Magazine GCM Get m o r e Georgia's Workman bounces back A year ago this past September, Tenia Workman was standing on the second green at East Lake Golf Club in At - lanta — a member of the volunteer crew helping Ralph Kep- ple, CGCS, and his team prepare for the Tour Championship — when she got a phone call from her doctor that would change her life. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. For many, returning to the spot where they'd received such devastating news would be the last thing they'd want to do. But for Workman, coming back to East Lake to volun - teer again for this year's Tour Championship that was held Sept. 20-23 became a rallying cry during her recovery, a reward for all the trials and tribulations she had suffered in the past 12 months, and ultimately, a way to celebrate the clean bill of health she received at the end of it all. To put it simply, it was something she wasn't going to miss. "Making sure I was back here this week was most defi - nitely a goal," says the longtime executive director of the Georgia GCSA. "It might sound funny, but I was focused on being back here and having the backpack blower on my back again." Shortly after receiving the diagnosis, Workman under - went surgery. She and her doctors hoped a double mastec- tomy would spare her from having to go through additional chemotherapy treatments. The procedure went well, and in short order, she was back to work and back to many of her normal activities. Additional post-surgery testing did uncover a few roadblocks, though. "They did a test ... to determine if you are a candidate for cancer to reoccur," Workman says. "And it came back right on the line. So my oncologist said that he felt we needed to do a further test, because he didn't feel comfortable. They did that test, and it came back I was high-risk for cancer to reoccur." What that meant was the chemotherapy Workman had hoped to avoid with her original surgical decision would now be an inevitable part of her journey. She soldiered through those treatments, often driving herself to and from them before returning to work. "My oncologist told me I was a poster child for how to go through chemotherapy," she says. Workman's return to East Lake was an emotional one — not just for her, but for everyone surrounding the club's maintenance operations who has known her and her husband, Buck (he is the Certified Golf Course Superin - tendent at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell, Ga.), and has been aware of the vital role they've both played in the Geor - gia golf industry. "There were a few tears shed on Monday morning, and not all of them were mine," Workman says. — Scott Hollister, GCM, editor-in-chief Mark Kuhns, CGCS, will leave Baltusrol Golf Club in March 2019.

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