Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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138 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Q: You mention superintendent Craig Trenholme as a mentor. How so? A: I owe my career to him. His methods of teaching were straightforward and no-nonsense. He believed in me enough to guide me and teach me the 101s (basics) of golf course maintenance. When facing difficult situations, I still find myself asking, "What would Craig do?" Q: Your favorite piece of equipment is … ? A: Aerators and verticutters. There's something about those two cultural practices that give me satisfaction, knowing that the turf is getting stronger because of it. I'm also a firm believer that the more that cultural practices are implemented, the less chemicals have to be relied upon. Q: What's your baseball highlight? A: I pitched against Brian McCann when he was playing for the Atlanta Braves. He was on a rehab assignment when I got to face him in a low-A (minor league) game. I was pleased to get a major leaguer to ground out to second base. Q: What do you do away from the course? A: In my spare time, I like to hang out with my wife, Kelly, and family. Having to go to bed early and get up even earlier has really emphasized the importance of family. They keep me grounded in a career full of stress. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Ricky Bauer still can see the look from his parents. In 2001, Bauer put smiles on their faces when he was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round of the baseball draft. "They were very proud," says Bauer, who was born in Hawaii. "Eventually, reality set in." In 2008 at age 25, Bauer retired from baseball after toiling for several years in the minor leagues, the last try coming in the San Francisco Giants organization. By then, he already had taken up golf. In 2011, he was working at Bay View Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii, when his life changed. The club manager asked Bauer what he thought of the course. "I said that I wanted to see the course get better," Bauer says. Perfect timing — the club manager needed a superintendent and asked Bauer if he'd be interested. He accepted. Bauer, who already had earned a degree in sociology at the University of Hawaii, went back to secure a turfgrass management certificate and has been at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii, since 2017. He was promoted to superintendent in August 2018. "I wish I could've made it to the major leagues, but I've fallen into something I love doing," Bauer says. Ricky Bauer Was: Assistant superintendent, Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii Is: Superintendent, Ko Olina GC (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Jan. 3-6 — PGA Tour, Sentry Tourna- ment of Champions, Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Hawaii; Orlando Baraoidan, superintendent Jan. 10-13 — PGA Tour, Sony Open in Hawaii, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu; Dave Nakama, CGCS Jan. 16-19 — European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates Jan. 17-19 — PGA Tour Champions, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Hualalai (Hawaii) Resort Course; Dan Husek, director of golf course management Jan. 17-20 — PGA Tour, Desert Classic, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.; Richard Gigoux, superintendent Jan. 17-20 — LPGA, Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando (Fla.); Rusty Wilson, CGCS Jan. 24-27 — PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines (South) Golf Course, San Diego; Rich McIntosh, GCSAA Class A superintendent Jan. 24-27 — European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Jan. 31-Feb. 3 — PGA Tour, Waste Management Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Blake Meentemeyer, director of golf course maintenance operations Jan. 31-Feb. 3 — European Tour, Saudi International, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia COMING UP Jan. 3 — GCSAA Webinar: What's Really in that Fertilizer?, ASCS Prep Series, with Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Time: noon CST Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: my-learning-hub MEMBERS ONLY

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