Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 Lengthening their O's and dropping an occasional "Eh," the Canadians often found themselves grouped to - gether at GSA, socially and academically. "Oh, for sure, I found myself gravitating to the Cana - dians," Kopp says. "And I appreciated it that in our talks about labor, we were in the same group. It hit closer to home to be talking to Canadians. There are different rules in the States." Kopp says his greatest takeaway was the opportu - nity to hear from — and hobnob with — the heavy-hit- ting panelists, who combined for nearly two centuries of GCSAA membership. "They presented phenomenal information with great, great insights," Kopp says. "And their willingness to talk with us was pretty sweet." Considerably closer to the GSA grounds, Mike Dorosky made the short drive from Richmond, Va., to at - tend. Dorosky, an assistant superintendent at The Federal Club in Glen Allen, Va., and a two-year GCSAA member, Trending Reasons for tree removal Sixty-year GCSAA member Frank Dobie outlines factors that can necessitate tree removal, helpful for communicating with stakeholders about the often-tough topic of eliminating trees. Dollar spot fungi in golf course thatch A recent study shifted the focus from soil to the thatch layer in measuring the presence of the fungus that causes dollar spot, and the findings were surprising. Pythium diseases are not all the same Distinguish between Pythium root rot and Pythium root dysfunction to optimally address these very different turf maladies. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine GCM Get m o r e says he is thrilled to count himself among the 660 gradu- ates over the program's 13-year run. "It was everything I thought it would be and more," Dorosky says. "I'm so proud and honored I was able to go." Dorosky, 29, has been an assistant for nearly seven years. He has long targeted becoming a superintendent by the time he turns 30. "I think I'm still right around that time frame," Dorosky says. "There are still a few things I need to work on. Bud - geting is the big one. But I feel I'm close." Perhaps it's good that Dorosky works less than a three-hour drive away from Green Start's setting. He was home in time for dinner the evening of the final day — and back at work the next morning. And that was just fine with him. "I feel very motivated right now," Dorosky says. For more coverage of Green Start, go to GCMOnline. com at . — Andrew Hartsock, GCM managing editor Jim and Annette Stephens, both in their 70s, are trying to sell Rock Springs GC in Athens, Tenn. The husband and wife plan to retire once the course, which they've owned since 2009, is sold. Photo courtesy of Jim Stephens Time to set sale If you have interest in buying a golf course, Jim Ste- phens has a deal for you. Before he sails off into retirement, Stephens has put up Rock Springs Golf Course in Athens, Tenn., for sale. Stephens, a 31-year member of GCSAA, says it's time to move on. Who could blame him? He's 75; his wife, An - nette, is in her 70s. "We've worked hard. The course is in good shape. We're old enough to hang it up and travel a little," Stephens says. The price tag: $980,000. Stephens purchased Rock Springs in 2009 when it was in bankruptcy. Is it profitable? "Yes. If managed properly, it will pay for itself," he says of Rock Springs, which is on a 75-acre piece of property. Stephens has overseen a resurgence at the 18-hole public course, which totaled more than 16,000 rounds of golf last year and has its own water source. Other assets include the clubhouse, carts, mowers and related mainte - nance equipment, cart barn, etc. Rock Springs features bentgrass greens and plush zoysia fairways. Stephens says Rock Springs' par-5 fourth hole, which plays more than 500 yards from the tips, features the longest green in the state. "It (green) is 100 yards long. If you're just off the front and the pin is in the back, you need a pitching wedge to get to it," he says with a laugh. Stephens and his family have deep roots in Ten - nessee golf. He and his brother, Randy, built nine-hole Scenic View Golf Course in Winchester, Tenn., in 1972. Jim's son, Dominic, is the PGA club professional at Rock Springs. Stephens says he and Dominic would be willing to stay on as advisers for the buyer of Rock Springs. "You couldn't find a better place for beginners, ladies, seniors — really, anyone who wants to play the game," Stephens says. For more information, go the course's website at . — H.R. DSA winners announced GCSAA has announced the recipients of one of its major awards for 2019. The winners of the annual Col. John Morley Distin - guished Service Award (DSA) are Ted Horton, CGCS, and Tom Tanto. The award will be presented Feb. 6 during the Opening Session of the 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Horton, principal of Ted Horton Consulting, has over - seen some of the most well-regarded golf courses in America, including Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. From 1993 to 2001, Horton was the vice president of resource management for Pebble Beach Co. Tanto is a well-known golf course contractor who is the namesake of Tanto International Golf (formerly Tanto Construction and Supply). A native of Hungary whose educational back - ground is in civil engineering, Tanto accumulated more than 49 years in the golf course business. Read more about the DSA winners in the January issue of GCM. Pinehurst's Farren earns hall of fame invite The Carolinas Golf Association has announced three selections for the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2019, among them Bob Farren, CGCS, director of golf course and grounds management at Pinehurst (N.C.) Re - sort. A native of West Virginia, Farren earned a degree in recreation and tourism from Marshall University in 1979. He worked his way up the ranks as superintendent at Kanawha County Park and Berry Hills Country Club, both in Charleston, W.Va., and at Pinehurst Resort. He has been director of golf course and grounds management at Pine - hurst since 2001. Farren has been involved in 14 USGA championships, including three U.S. Open championships. He was honored with the President's Award for Environmental Stewardship from GCSAA in 2007 and Golf Digest 's Green Star Award for outstanding environmental practices in 2014. Other 2019 Hall of Fame honorees are past USGA president James B. (Jim) Hyler Jr. of Asheville, N.C., and the late architect George W. Cobb of Greenville, S.C.

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