Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 education The 2019 Golf Industry show in San Diego includes the 90th Trade Show and the 25th GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl, but the numbers game carries over to GCSAA's edu - cation program, which will offer more than 420 hours of educational fare. The program includes 89 seminars (38 of which are new), 21 free sessions, three field trips, 202 educators (two of whom, Manuel Chavarria, Ph.D., and Javier Schaab, are new instructors for Spanish- language seminars), three field trips and five 1 1 ⁄ 2 -hour seminars on the trade show floor. The education program at GIS offers at - tendees multiple opportunities to solve issues related to golf course maintenance, employee management, business practices and even their personal lives. A free two-hour seminar, the Solutions Center (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to noon), allows participants to crowdsource the solutions to their problems. Four superinten - dents (Jason Haines; Chris Tritabaugh; Carlos Arraya, CGCS; and Troy Flanagan), two pro - fessors (Bruce Martin, Ph.D., and Doug Sol- dat, Ph.D.) and everyone else in the room will put their heads together to find the answers to problems presented by group members. A new free session, "Epic Fails," will be an hour of fun and anguish as presenters describe their personal catastrophes in golf course manage - ment. Superintendents Haines and Tritabaugh, assistant superintendent Jessica Lenihan, equip - ment manager Chris Rapp and former superin- tendent and current regional agronomist Kevin Hicks all will tell how they looked disaster in the face and worked through their problems. On the personal side, licensed professional counselor Lisa Goatley will present practical steps that can be taken to avoid burnout and limit stress in everyday life in a two-hour semi - nar on Monday afternoon, "Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout," and a second seminar, "Better Thoughts for Better Living," at 8 a.m. Tuesday. In terms of management, water has become a significant issue, even in areas that once had a free water supply. The Water Track in the education program will provide a number of options for learning how to manage irrigation and be an environmental steward. On Mon - day, Feb. 4, Hunter Industries will offer a full- day field trip to the company's headquarters in San Marcos, Calif., where participants can learn about design, renovation, maintenance of irrigation systems and tips for efficient water management practices. Twelve water-re - lated seminars will be available throughout the week, including three free sessions and a two- hour Spanish-language seminar, "It works! Manage High-Quality Turf Using Low-Qual - ity Water," taught by Chavarria. Many first-timers at GIS will be equip - ment managers, who may not have had an opportunity until now to attend the education conference. Three new sessions for equip - ment managers will be offered without charge: Equipment Management Sessions I, II and III: "Next-Generation Technicians," presented by equipment manager Charles Totten; "Maxi - mize Your Shop Investment," with equipment manager Hector Velazquez and Foley United's Greg Turner; and "Reducing Headaches in the Shop," led by fleet manager Bill Januszewski and equipment managers Dave Prekop and Sam Holysz. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, a full-day learning tour to Barona Creek Golf Course will give visitors a peek into the inner workings of equipment operations at the course courtesy of Barona Creek staff Sandy Clark, CGCS, equipment manager Blas Huezo and Den - nis Orsborn. In addition, "Find Out What It Takes to Pass the Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program" will provide informa - tion about gaining valuable certification in the field. An opportunity to take exams for the certificate program will also be available onsite 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Seminars are vital, but not all education takes place inside a classroom. Superinten - dents can find out how to help someone else learn by learning themselves how to estab - lish a First Green field trip program. The First Green is an environmental and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program that uses the golf course as a classroom to introduce young people to environmental stewardship. In this interac - tive workshop, "Launching a First Green Field Trip Program at Your Own Golf Course," superintendents with First Green experience (Stephen Kealy, CGCS, and Jeff Gullikson, CGCS) and former First Green commu - nications director Cathy Relyea will teach attendees how to launch a program in their community. Part of the session will take place on a golf course in the San Diego area (trans - portation will be provided). For additional information about the extensive program offerings from GCSAA's Education conference, go to: www.golfindus tryshow.com/education-conference . — Teresa Carson, GCM science editor Education: solutions for you

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