Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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01.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 53 of people throughout the world all in one place, and it's been our life around the world. GCSAA has done a great job of maintaining it and keeping it relevant." That is exactly what GCSAA vice president John McNamara said in a 1928 edition of National Greenkeeper, which is the predecessor of GCM. "It is every greenkeep - ers' advantage to be present and talk over the merits or demerits of the various equipment," McNamara said. A total of 75 greenkeepers attended the Chicago show in 1927. When GCSAA held the show in 1928, that total increased to 350. Last year in San Antonio, the number was nearly 12,000. There were 27 exhibitors in 1928. Last year, the total was more than 530. In 1928, there were 14 lectures by turf - grass experts; last year, there were more than 95 education sessions. At that show, in 1928, Toro showcased its new Tee Mower, which featured an enclosed, chain-driven cutting reel. We'll see soon enough what Toro — and so many others — will reveal in San Diego for the 90th. "The Golf Industry Show is the only event where everyone is under one roof," Harris says, adding, "We believe we have a duty as a leading manufacturer in the golf industry to support the educational, environ - Floor Plan The trade show floor will be hopping in San Diego. "Inside the Shop" is a new addition this year at the Golf Industry Show. GCSAA is partnering with the Golf Course Build - ers Association of America (GCBAA) to build a replica maintenance facility on the showroom floor in the San Diego Conven - tion Center. This area will provide hands-on dem - onstrations, contests and educational presentations. The maintenance shop is expected to be abuzz with activity with an educational focus on managing a more effective, efficient and safer work environ - ment for all employees. There also will be prize giveaways. New this year are bite-size, 1 1 ⁄ 2 -hour education seminars, offered Feb. 6-7 on the trade show floor. Registration and fee are required, and 0.2 education points are awarded. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans will be the moderator for a session on the trade show floor about a topic that challenges the golf industry. His session, "Help Wanted: Creative Staffing Solutions for Your Golf Course," is scheduled Feb. 6. Speakers for San Diego 2019 CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. the session are Matt Shaffer, Jay Willis, Pat O'Brien and Crancena Ross. Another trade show floor presentation, "#The Lab," will focus on the latest tech - nology trends. Attendees will be invited to experiment with the latest technology and learn how new software can help manage their daily tasks. GreenSight is working in conjunction with GCSAA on it. "Think Apple Store meets turf," says Shelly Urish, GCSAA's trade show manager. "Trade Show Finale," presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, will cap off trade show activities, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7. You won't want to leave the trade show early and miss it: The event will feature entertainment, food and cash prizes. Following the announcement of the School Spirit Award and Student Scavenger Hunt, hypnotist Ricky Kalmon will take the stage for an unforgettable show that will keep you on the edge of your seat. — H.R. mental and economic initiatives the GCSAA identifies as key issues in the industry we all serve, and much of that takes place during the show. Simply put, by supporting the Golf Industry Show and GCSAA, we're helping ensure a bright future for the entire industry." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor 2018

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