Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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01.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 69 FOR DIRECTOR Paul L. Carter, CGCS Paul L. Carter, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., since 2001. He also serves as the director of agronomy for the State of Tennessee's Tennes - see Golf Trail, a post he's held since 2012. Previously, he was the superintendent at The Medalist at Avalon in Lenoir City, Tenn. Carter earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Auburn University. A 26-year GCSAA member, Carter has served as a Chapter Delegate representing the Tennessee GCSA on two different occasions. He also has served on several GCSAA committees and task groups, most re - cently as a member of the Certification Committee and the Rounds 4 Research Task Group. Carter is a member of both the Tennessee GCSA and the East Tennessee GCSA. He is also a member and past president of the Tennessee Turfgrass Association. Statement My career in the golf course industry began over 25 years ago as a summer intern at The Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.). There was no way at that time for me to know what a great industry I was becoming a part of, or how being a member of GCSAA would enhance and direct my career. I have gained many great friends, provided for my wife and daughter, and, hopefully, provided positive influences on others through personal and work-related contact. Through the years, I have always tried to give back to my local, state and national golf course superin - tendent associations by serving on committees and task forces and stepping up and taking on leadership roles to help the cause. I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Rounds 4 Research chairman in Tennessee for the past three years. For several years, I served on the board of directors for the Tennessee Turfgrass Association and was proud to serve as the president of the association as it celebrated its 50th an - niversary in 2015. At the national level, I have served on the Certification Committee, Rounds 4 Research and Environmental Awards task groups, and as the Chapter Delegate for the Tennessee GCSA. I have been blessed throughout my career that I get to marry my love and passion for golf course main - tenance with my interest in environmental protection and promotion. Working as a golf course superinten- dent for the Tennessee State Parks, a division of the Department of Environment and Conservation, allows me to promote the benefits of golf courses not only as great places for exercise and entertainment, but also as safe and suitable habitats for wildlife, insects and birds. I have had the pleasure of traveling across the country speaking to various groups about the success of our environmental programs that create a partner - ship between the demands of golfers and the needs of wildlife. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay has been fortunate to be recognized for our environmental programs with many environmental certifications and awards, including GCSAA's 2015 President's Award for En - vironmental Stewardship, the Overall and National Public winner of GCSAA's Environmental Leaders in Golf Award in 2013, and the 2013 Golf Digest Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Steward - ship. It is my goal and desire, if elected, to bring the same drive, passion and determination to continue serv - ing my fellow members of GCSAA. To be nominated by one's peers to serve at this level is both flattering and humbling, and I am honored my fellow members of the Tennessee GCSA have nominated me for the position of director with GCSAA. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve this association at the high - est level, and I will do all in my power to uphold the mission of GCSAA. San Diego 2019 CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE.

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