Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 highlights Thomas Nikolai, Ph.D., "The Doctor of Green Speed," from Michigan State Uni - versity, and Don Roth, assistant golf course superintendent at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Mich., will be joined by guests Tim Hiers, CGCS, director of course operation, White Oak Properties, Yulee, Fla.; Paul Armitage, general manager, and Alejan - dro Reyes, golf course superintendent, Le Golf National, Paris; and Andy Johnston, general manager/director of agronomy, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore. — Andrew Hartsock, GCM managing editor The Great Debate fires up again Want to see superintendents square off about agronomics in a fun, enlightening and informative format? If so, The Great Debate is for you. In this free session that is back by popular demand for its second year, The Great Debate will feature seven superintendents who have a limited number of minutes to debate a variety of hot topics. In 2018, panelists went back and forth on subjects such as walk mowing versus triplexing and light versus heavy topdressing. Moderator T.A. Barker, CGCS, from Fore Lakes Golf Course in Taylorsville, Utah, will spin a wheel that determines the "debate" for that segment of the session. Participating superintendents are Rodney Crow, CGCS, Mount Vintage Golf Club, North Augusta, S.C.; Ian Daniels, Teugega Country Club, Rome, N.Y.; Matt Gourlay, CGCS, Colbert Hills Golf Course, Manhat - tan, Kan.; Mark Prieur, Trafalgar Golf Club, Milton, Ontario; Sean Reehoorn, Aldarra Golf Club, Sammamish, Wash.; Moe Robinson, Summerlea Golf & Country Club, Vaudreuil- Dorion, Quebec, and Western Trent Golf Club, Bolsover, Ontario; and Leasha Schwab, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Sharon, Ontario. So, how popular was it last year? GCSAA Conference Education Events Manager Amanda Miller says a larger venue has been secured at the San Diego Convention Center for this year's edition, scheduled from 11 a.m.- noon on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The room seats 350, which is 100 seats more than the 2018 facility, which was at capacity. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Turf Solutions I and II highlight free education The aphorism that nothing worth having is free does not hold for the GCSAA Educa - tion Conference, which offers 21 free sessions — and these are not mini-presentations. As in past years, Turf Solutions I and II, which bookend the first two days of the educa - tion conference, are each two hours long and taught by university professors, industry experts and superintendents. The week in education starts off with Turf Solutions I: Everything but the Kitchen Sink! (8-10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4), a look at new ap - proaches to common problems. Bill Kreuser, Ph.D., and superintendent Jason Haines will discuss driving your growth rate. Beth Guer - tal, Ph.D., will explore the effects of silicon in turf management, and Kenneth Cropper, Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky, will reveal what works and what doesn't when it comes to moss control. On Tuesday afternoon (3-5 p.m., Feb. 5), Turf Solutions II: Tricks of the Trade will highlight three agronomic challenges and the measures superintendents can take to overcome them. "Bluemuda: Changing the Way We Grow Grass in the Transition Zone" is the topic of discussion for Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky, and Brad Nevitt, a former assistant superintendent who is a sales manager for Advanced Turf Solutions in Fishers, Ind. The rest of the session is focused on water quality and conservation. Marco Schiavon, Ph.D., and Matteo Serena, Ph.D., will explain how to manage turfgrass soil and irrigation salinity, and New Mexico State University's Bernd Leinauer, Ph.D., and Joel Krause, a superintendent at Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsi - lanti, Mich., will explore how a novel technol- ogy, subsurface drip irrigation, affects water conservation on the golf course. — T.C. Not for women only Women are definitely a minority in the golf and turf industries. With that in mind, GCSAA Class A superintendent Leasha Schwab from Pheasant Run Golf Club, in Sharon, Ontario, organized the first Ladies Leading Turf Networking Social for GIS in San Antonio last year. As the name indicates, the event offers women who work in various sectors of the golf industry a unique opportu - nity to make connections and share experi- ences. The event will return to GIS in the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, from 4-5:30 p.m. Syngenta is sponsoring the reception, which includes complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The first hour will provide attendees an opportunity to network and will feature short remarks by Schwab and Maureen Kahiu, a superintendent at Veterinary Laboratory Sports Club (also known as VetLab) in Nai - robi, Kenya. Men are invited to join the gath- ering at 5 p.m. to hear the guest speaker, Nikki Gatch, PGA regional player development man - ager. Gatch, who lives in Southern California, is a former college golfer (Oklahoma State University) and former golf professional who now serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Golf Association. Along with their business partners, Gatch and her husband are owners of Emerald Isle GC, an executive course in Oceanside, Calif. — T.C.

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