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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16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Last spring, GCSAA lost a bit of its his- tory with the passing of GCSAA Past Presi- dent Clifford A. Wagoner, CGCS, at 97. One of Cliff 's proudest claims to fame was that he and his wife, Myrtle, had attended more than 50 of the annual events that would eventually become the Golf Industry Show. To put that into perspective, 2019 marks the 90th such event. Imagine what changes and innova - tions in the industry the Wagoners witnessed over the years by attending more than half of GCSAA's annual shows. Just 75 greenkeepers met at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago for the International Golf Show and Country Club Exposition in 1927. The following year, more than 350 attendees converged on Detroit's Fort Shelby Hotel when the National Association of Greenkeepers of America (as GCSAA was known then) took over hosting of the annual show, which included education lectures for the first time. It has been an annual gathering of the golf course management industry ever since, excluding 1943, 1944 and 1945, when the show was suspended for World War II. Those 90 shows have brought together superintendents, architects, equipment managers, owners, builders, educators, students, media and industry partners to learn from each other. Throughout the decades, the association's and the show's names have changed, the num - ber of attendees has grown from under 100 to thousands, and some of the "cutting-edge technology" of the early years now has a place in the museum at GCSAA headquarters. What hasn't changed is the importance of professionals coming together to share ideas, the presentation of top-notch education, the showcasing of the latest technology and the Golf Industry Show continual evolution each year to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry. For instance, I'll be a part of "Help Wanted: Creative Staffing Solutions for Your Golf Course," a free session on Wednesday on the GCSAA TV Stage (Booth 2936) to dis - cuss the industry's current labor issues. As you step onto the trade show floor this year, one of the most obvious examples of this evolution will be Inside the Shop, a fully in - (from the CEO) J. Rhett Evans Twitter: @GCSAACEO teractive replica of a maintenance facility that features an efficient, cost-effective and safe work environment. It's not only the follow- up to our very popular Inside the Ropes areas of the last few years — which have featured maintenance areas with putting greens and bunkers — but it also shows GCSAA's contin - ued commitment to our Equipment Manager members and all those looking to expand their knowledge of equipment management. Also on the trade show floor for the first time will be several seminars from the GCSAA Education Conference. These conve - niently located seminars will help you get all the benefits of professional development op - portunities with minimal disruption to your time viewing the latest products and services our industry partners have to offer. As the industry evolves, so do the faces that make up the industry. While GCSAA programs like the First Green are introducing the game and industry to a diverse audience of kids, GCSAA also recognizes the impor - tant contribution of our members who add a unique perspective to the profession. On Wednesday at GIS, the Leading Ladies of Turf Networking Social gives everyone the oppor - tunity to learn from our female contingent. If this is your first GIS, we also have some - thing special just for you. The first-time at- tendee luncheon will give you the chance to meet fellow newbies and GIS veterans. Whether you are a GIS first-timer or a long-timer, you are walking in the footsteps of those who blazed the trail before you, like Cliff Wagoner, and helped the GIS grow and change with the times. Take advantage of all that innovation and evolution as you chart your own course this year. For more informa - tion on all that will be taking place at GIS, please go to , and we'll see you in San Diego. J. Rhett Evans is GCSAA's chief executive officer. Nine decades of innovation Whether you are a GIS first-timer or a long-timer, you are walking in the footsteps of those who blazed the trail before you ... and helped the GIS grow and change with the times.

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