Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 Q: What is your favorite piece of equipment? A: Skid loader. It was brand-new when I first arrived at Norwood, and it has made tasks so much easier around the course. I always find myself coming up with odds-and-ends jobs as excuses to use it, whether that be pushing up the debris pile, or moving bunker sand around just so I can sit in the A/C and crank up the tunes. Q: Your favorite meal would be … ? A: Call me old-fashioned, but I still thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving dinner the most. From the turkey and homemade mashed potatoes, to stuffed mushrooms, my Granny Ellison always knows how to cook up a feast. Then throw football on TV at the same time. That's the perfect meal to me. Q: What advice would you give someone interested in joining this industry? A: I would tell that person to listen to the guys at the top. Experience is everything in this industry, and, trust me, there's a lot of people in this industry that are willing to help you further yourself. Go to any and every networking opportunity you have, whether that be chapter meetings, or conferences. Get to know as many people as you can. Don't be afraid to pick your boss's brain every now and again, as well as present them with new ideas and technologies you may have learned about elsewhere. Golf course maintenance is a living, breathing, changing industry, and we can all stand to be challenged regularly. Q: What is your favorite song? A: "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Zach Ellison named his Australian Shepherd "Woody" after the star of the 1995 fantasy adventure movie "Toy Story," which he watched every chance he got as a child. Nowadays, Ellison has launched his own very real adventure that is anything but kid stuff. At the young age of 24, Ellison became a superintendent for the first time when he was promoted in February to oversee the East Course at Nor- wood Hills Country Club in St. Louis. "If anything, it puts me in a position to further myself career-wise," says Ellison, now 25 and a three-year GCSAA member. "It's something I take pride in." Ellison attended the University of Missouri, and, upon graduation in 2016 at 22, he landed his assistant job at Norwood Hills, which has a rich history. Legendary golfer Ben Hogan won the PGA Championship there in 1948. Zach Ellison Was: Assistant superintendent, Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis Is: Superintendent, Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis Twitter handle: @ZEllisonGolf93 (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Nov. 1-4 — PGA Tour, Shriners Hos- pital for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas; Dale Hahn, CGCS Nov. 1-4 — European Tour, Turkish Airlines Open, Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey Nov. 2-4 — LPGA, Toto Japan Classic, Seta Golf Club, Sjoga Nov. 7-10 — LPGA, Blue Bay LPGA, Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, Hainan Island, China Nov. 8-11 — PGA Tour, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico Nov. 8-11 — PGA Tour Champions, Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Phoenix Country Club; Charlie Costello, GCSAA Class A superintendent Nov. 8-11 — European Tour, Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa Nov. 15-18 — PGA Tour, The RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside), Sea Island, Ga.; Berry Collett, CGCS Nov. 15-18 — European Tour, DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Nov. 15-18 — LPGA, CME Group Tour Championship, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.; Jeff Cathey, director of agronomy Nov. 22-25 — PGA Tour, ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf, The Metro- politan Golf Club, South Oakleigh, Australia Nov. 29-Dec. 2 — PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge, Albany, Bahamas COMING UP Nov. 4-6 — Rocky Mountain GCSA Annual Conference, Sheraton Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, Colo. Phone: 303-255-9611 Website: MEMBERS ONLY

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