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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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 I'm just getting started here. You just can't throw in the towel now. It doesn't stop. I've still got to look for ways to continue achieving." —Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Youell earns 2018 Leo Feser Award Brian Youell, the golf course superintendent at Up- lands Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Leo Feser Award from GCSAA. Now in its 41st year, the award is presented annu - ally to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM. Youell, a 21-year member of GCSAA, authored the article "Down, But Not Out," which was published in the November 2017 issue. His story chronicled the challenges he encountered following a serious head injury suffered on the job and how the experience changed him personally and professionally. Youell's article was a follow-up to the story "Aftermath of an Accident," which he wrote for the September 2011 issue. "I wrote this article to help others," Youell says of his motivation to pen a second story. "I suffered in silence for many years. It wasn't until I started to speak publicly about overcoming adversity that I realized there were so many others who were going through personal challenges. I wanted to let them know they weren't alone and to reach out. "GCSAA President Darren Davis (CGCS) called to inform me that I had won the Leo Feser Award, and it's a call I will never forget. I am honored to receive such a prestigious award, and I will continue to share my story to help others." As part of winning the Leo Feser Award, Youell will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, where he will be recognized during a presentation at the GCM trade show booth (No. 1231) at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. He will also have his name engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. The (EM) survey says . . . The GCSAA recently released its 2017 Equipment Manager Profile Report, the result of a survey sent to equipment manager members of the association. Here are some of the highlights: $1,000,000 or more 98.3% 63% 72% 88% 39% Are employed year-round by their facilities Work at a facility that is open year-round Have zero (40 percent) or one (32 percent) direct- reports Report directly to the superintendent (1 percent report to an assistant) Prepare their equipment repair and maintenance budget Annual golf course maintenance budget — excluding capital expenditures — for the majority (60 percent) of respondents For a complete look at the Equipment Manager Profile Report, go to bit.ly/2zBC9yC 16 to 20 45-54 55% 12% 49% Time employed as an equipment manager by the largest percentage (22) of respondents Age range of the largest group of respondents (37 percent); in compari- son, just 1 percent of respondents were under 25; 3 percent were 65 or over Purchase hand tools at a retail store (compared to 26 percent who buy from a sales rep and 14 percent who purchase online) Have an employment contract List a bachelor's degree (7 percent), associate degree (13 percent) or "some college coursework" (29 percent) as their highest level of education completed YEARS $47,244 Average base salary among respondents $1,461,171 Average value of their fleets The

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