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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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 FOR DIRECTOR T.A. Barker, CGCS T.A. Barker, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Salt Lake City since 2006. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent and as a crew member at Fore Lakes. He has a two-year advanced turfgrass management degree from Penn State's World Campus online pro - gram. A 15-year GCSAA member, Barker has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2018. He cur - rently serves as chairman of the GCSAA Scholars Competition Task Group and is vice chairman of the Research Proposal Review Committee and the BMP Resource and Environmental Awards task groups. Barker is a member and past president of the Intermountain GCSA. He also serves on the executive board of the Golf Alliance of Utah and is a member of the Utah Golf Association. He also is the co-host of "Utah Golf Weekly" on ESPN700 Radio in Salt Lake City. Statement I would like to start by giving a sincere "thank you" to the Intermountain GCSA for their continued support with my nomination for director of GCSAA. A huge thank you to Fore Lakes Golf Course and my staff for making this past year so much easier. Also, nothing would be possible without the love and support of my wife and family. They are what drive my desire and passion to serve. Since being elected at the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, I have developed a deeper love and an even stronger desire to serve the 18,000 members of GCSAA. Our association is truly the global leader in the golf industry. As GCSAA numbers grow, we become stronger and more valuable, not only to the facilities we manage, but also to our allied association partners. The golf industry is growing at a slow pace, which is why I feel superintendents need to take a bigger leadership role on a national, state, local and club level if we want to ensure the future of golf. I truly believe that we are the future, and we, as an association, will lead us there. I would like to ask once again for your support as I hope to continue to grow personally and profes - sionally to serve our members and help lead GCSAA and the golf industry into the future. CANDIDATES The 2019 GCSAA Annual Meeting and Election will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., during the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. To see a full list of candidates for the GCSAA Board of Directors, a full agenda for the meeting or to access membership voting forms, go to http://bit.ly/2SEQhPp. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE.

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