Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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11.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 83 through his work with USGA Green Section," says Laurence Mudge, Bayer Green Solutions Team manager. "His passion for advancing the green industry is clear, and his technical knowledge and agronomic expertise, particularly in the Florida region, will be an invaluable asset to our customers." Lowe helped develop the Best Management Practices for the Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses manual and co-led the creation and administration of the BMP certification, which is now used as a nationwide model for GCSAA. He is a volunteer with Audubon International and assists Florida golf courses with certification as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. "You wouldn't make it far in this line of work if you didn't love it," Lowe said. "But it's not the agronomic problem-solving and scientific innovation that I'm looking forward to most. It's the people I will interact with every day in my work with Bayer, from customers to colleagues. Together, we solve problems that are critical to the success of the turfgrass industry." Clemson University's Bert McCarty will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the 1,800-member Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA) this month at the Carolinas GCSA annual conference and trade show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. McCarty, professor of horticulture specializing in turfgrass science and management at Clemson, received the Fred Grau Award as the top national and interna- tional turfgrass science researcher from the 5,000-plus member Crop Science Society of America in 2014. He is also a Societal Fellow, the highest recognition the society bestows. In 2016, he was selected as a Fellow by the American Society of Agronomy. In 2012, he won the prestigious Godley-Snell Award for Excellence as the top agriculture researcher at Clemson and is a three-time winner of the university's Board of Trustees Award for Excellence. McCarty is a frequent speaker at regional, national and international conferences and has authored or co-authored 11 books, as well as hundreds of book chapters, journal articles, research reports and nearly 600 scientific presentations and abstracts. He was a coordinating author of the landmark Best Man- agement Practices for Carolina Golf Courses published by the Carolinas GCSA in 2015. "Most golfers wouldn't know of Bert McCarty, but he's done a lot for their games," says Rob Daniel III, CGCS, at RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The National Club Association (NCA) announced that it is joining McMa- hon Group and Club & Resort Business magazine as a co-sponsor of the Excellence in Club Management Awards. Founded by McMahon Group in 1997, this annual award recognizes private club general managers, managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their clubs. "McMahon Group and Club & Resort Business magazine welcome the National Club Association as a co-sponsor of the Excellence in Club Management Awards Program. NCA has been a primary participant in the awards program since its inception 22 years ago," says William McMahon, chairman of McMahon Group. "NCA brings its support and prestige of representing the leading private clubs in the nation to the process of recognizing outstanding achievement by the best of the best in the club management profession. The awards program was founded to recognize outstanding managers and rising stars within the club world who are primarily responsible for the excellent private clubs we have today. Great clubs do not happen by accident. It takes a great club manager to have a great club." Wiedenmann North America introduced Kent Orban as the territory manager for northern middle and northeastern North America. Orban has more than 17 years of experience in the turf industry, having spent the last five years as territory account manager for Shearer Equipment. OpenRounds , a web-based platform for private golf clubs and their members, an- nounced a working partnership with Landscapes Unlimited aimed at expanding benefits to golfers and clubs in the two networks these companies represent. Landscapes Unlimited is one of the country's premier golf course and recreational development firms and has long been known as an innovative service provider. Going forward, all member- only private golf clubs managed by Landscapes Unlimited are free to join the OpenRounds platform, and full golf members at those clubs will thus be eligible for enrollment with OpenRounds at no charge. OpenRounds provides an access point for golfers who belong to private clubs enrolled in the network, allowing these club members to explore and book golf rounds at affiliated private clubs. Diligent efforts by OpenRounds, in cooperation with club staff, identify policies and procedures befitting each club, ensuring that member expecta- tions are honored and upheld. Touchstone Golf announced that Mark Luthman has been named president of the company. Previously, Luthman was executive vice president and chief operating officer. Steve Harker will continue to serve as chief executive officer of Touchstone Golf. "Mark has been the backbone overseeing Touchstone's growth over the past several years," says Harker. "In just 12 years, Touchstone has become the nation's 10th largest non-captive, U.S.-based golf course management company, and we owe a lot to Mark for that accomplishment." Prior to joining Touchstone in 2009, Luthman served as regional director for KemperSports, including a role in opening Chambers Bay in preparation for the U.S. Open in 2015. Previously, Luthman served as a regional director with American Golf. He earned a history degree at Gonzaga University.

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