Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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GCM (ISSN 0192-3048 [print]; ISSN 2157-3085 [online]) is published monthly by GCSAA Communications Inc., 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859, 785-841-2240. Subscriptions (all amounts U.S. funds only): $75 a year. Outside the United States and Canada, write for rates. Single copy: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Office of publication and editorial office is at GCSAA, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859. Periodicals postage paid at Lawrence, Kan., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Golf Course Management, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement No. 40030949. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to P.O. Box 122, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8. Dean A. Kerns, CGCS Retired, 62, died Nov. 17, 2018. Mr. Kerns, a 39-year member of GCSAA, was the retired superintendent at Arrowhead Golf Club in Minster, Ohio. Kerns, who suffered from ALS, was presented with a SoloRider single-ride golf car as a surprise by the Minster High School golf team and others in 2015. "His love for golf is stronger than his disease ever is," Minster prep golfer Cricket Wuebker told GCM, which featured Kerns in the May 2015 issue. Kerns first worked at Arrowhead GC in 1981. In 2014, he received the Miami Valley Golf Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Kerns is survived by his wife, Terrie Kerns; son, Michael Kerns; brother, Mike (Gwen) Kerns; and in-laws, Sandy Kerns, Kathy Kerns, Jean Kerns, Richard (Marilyn) Yount and John (Pauline) Yount. William G. Knox, 87, died April 7, 2018. Mr. Knox, a 50-year member of GCSAA, played semiprofessional baseball, includ- ing for the farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals. After an elbow injury ended his baseball career, he became a golf course superintendent, including several years at Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio; Licking Springs Trout Club in Newark, Ohio; and Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Knox is survived by daughters, Claudia (Ray) Nethers; Laura (Scott Korstick) Knox; and Brenda (Richard) Mossholder; grandchildren, Errin (Bryan) Howard; Bo (Libby) Hitchens; Sarah Hitchens; Ashley (Dylan Gaunder) Farrow; Michael (Lindy) Farrow; Jaden Korstick; David Nethers; and Katie (Shane) Lowe; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Hannah and Zachary Howard; brothers, Jim (Wanda) Knox; Steve (Judy) Knox; and Donald (Pat) Palmer; and several nieces and nephews. Rolfe L. "Junior" Wells, 98, died Nov. 11, 2018. Mr. Wells, a 55-year member of GCSAA, served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He also was a baseball player at Western Michigan University, where he earned a degree in soil and crop science. In 1960, he left his position at National Standard to follow his dream of building and running a golf course. In 1961, he opened Hampshire Country Club in Dowagiac, Mich., which has been a family-owned- and-operated business since its inception. In 1984, a second 18-hole course was built, increasing the total of holes to 36. He was a member of the Western Michigan Turfgrass Association and Michiana Turfgrass Association. Mr. Wells is survived by his sons, Michael (Judy) Wells; Randall Wells; Rolly (Karen) Wells Jr.; and Steven (Lori) Wells; daughters, Tracey (John) Watson; and Mary Anne (Alan) Mock; and 24 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Steven Wright, 61, died Nov. 5, 2018. Mr. Wright, a 35-year member of GCSAA, was known in his early years as a surfer and surf photographer in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. His first step in the golf industry came as an assistant superintendent at Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna. It launched a three-decade-plus career. Wright was the superintendent at Rockledge (Fla.) Country Club; director of golf course management at Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla.; superintendent at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Fla.; Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.; and Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach, Fla. He served as president of the Low Country GCSA from 1996 to 1999; Carolinas GCSA from 2001 to 2002; and Palm Beach GCSA from 2013 to 2014; and was vice president of the Florida GCSA until his death. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Sheree Wright; daughters, Casey Wright and Bayley Wright; and son, Pierce Wright. His family says that legendary architect Donald Ross once said, "My work will tell my story," and they think that is how Mr. Wright would hope to be remembered.

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