Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 and how to apply that. And how to discipline. I would have fallen into the category of a zero-conflict manager. You can still be firm, still have discipline, but do it in a professional manner. Something I thought spoke volumes to me was, if you have understanding, you can get the kind of results you're looking for." Downs says he learned plenty about what he didn't know he didn't know in the areas of financial management and negotiation. "I've read several golf course profit-loss statements and thought I understood them well," he says. "After class, I went back and saw some things and thought, 'I can't believe I missed that.' And negotiation ... I thought I knew what I was doing there. I was pleasantly surprised how much I learned about that." For more information, visit . — Andrew Hartsock, GCM managing editor Trending The data-driven superintendent Modern superintendents have a wealth of data at their fingertips. Sifting through it and balancing it with know-how is the challenge. Top 10 reasons to lightweight-roll your greens This overview of the benefits of lightweight rolling — decreased disease incidence, better turf establishment and more — will have you ready to roll. Battling black layer The onset of this soil scourge on the greens of a coastal South Carolina course prompted re-evaluation of a number of agronomic practices and a multifaceted counterattack. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine GCM Get m o r e Coore, Crenshaw to receive Don A. Rossi Award The prominent architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (pictured, from right) will be honored with the Don A. Rossi Award, given annually by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) in recognition of their significant contributions to the golf industry. They will be presented the award Feb. 5 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego during the GCBAA Opening Reception. "Bill and Ben bring their own unique perspective and style to design, but together have resurrected the time - less design of golf course architecture," says Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. "Both have earned the respect of not only our membership but the golf construction in - dustry and as a team are most deserving of this award." The Rossi Award is given by the GCBAA to honor in - dividuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have inspired oth - ers by example. It is named for Don A. Rossi, who served as executive director of the National Golf Foundation from 1970 to 1983, was instrumental in forming the National Golf Course Owners Association and served as executive director of the GCBAA from 1984 to 1990. 90 something! The Hartsock family has made an impact at Spring Hills Country Club in Mallard, Iowa, for more than 40 years. Tony Hartsock, a 32-year GCSAA member who is now retired, was on the crew at the nine-hole course in 1976, then on and off for several more years. Now, his uncle, Kenny Hartsock, is carrying on the family's ties there. What makes Kenny's presence so interesting is his age: He's 90. "I've been here 24 or 25 years," says Kenny (pictured), who has been a farmer for nearly four decades and mows fairways and greens at Spring Hills. "I had a bad back, but I can get on that fairway mower, and it's kind of like heaven." Mallard, located in northwest Iowa, has a popu - lation of approximately 300 and features an amusing sign as you drive into town: "Welcome to Mallard. We're friendly ducks." Tony, who was the superintendent at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., when it hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2010 and the Solheim Cup in 2013, is one proud nephew. "Uncle Kenny is an absolute angel. He'd do anything for anybody," says Tony, who earned his turfgrass degree at Iowa State University and nearly made the men's bas - ketball team as a walk-on guard. Time spent at Spring Hills is therapeutic for Kenny, whose wife, Jean, passed away in 2018. "We were one month short of our 70th anniversary," he says. In January, Kenny said he plans to return to Spring Hills this spring if his health allows. — H.R. Anderson earns GCSAA Grassroots honor Ben Anderson, the golf course superintendent at Ar- rowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Ala., (on left in photo) has received the Grassroots Ambassador Leader - ship Award from GCSAA. Presented quarterly in partnership with The Toro Co., this award honors individuals who have demonstrated growth in advocacy and advancement of the GCSAA Pri - ority Issues Agenda through congressional outreach and relationship development with a member of Congress. Through Toro, the winners will receive a trip to National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. The Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award is part of the GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador program, which matches superintendents with members of Congress to build strong relationships with them. More than 335 GCSAA members currently serve as ambassadors. As an ambassador, Anderson was paired with U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama. Anderson quickly started a line of communication with Roby's office, which led to a visit from her legislative director, Mike Albares (on right in photo), who has since been named Roby's chief of staff.

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