Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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Top: The Oakland Turfgrass Education Initiative includes field trips for Oakland, Calif., middle and high school students to Metropolitan Golf Links. Photos courtesy of Metropolitan Golf Links Bottom: As part of the OTEI field trips, students tour the course and receive hands-on instruction in fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Communications and Outreach Award This award will recognize individuals who effectively communicate conserva- tion strategies with facility employees and others as well as share their efforts with golfers and other members of their community. Gary Ingram, CGCS Metropolitan Golf Links Oakland, Calif. Gary Ingram, CGCS, is pretty good with numbers. Whether Ingram, director of agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif., is balancing the course's agronomy budget or calculating inputs usage, he knows his digits. But when Ingram, a 38-year GCSAA member and winner of the 2018 ELGA for Com - munications and Outreach, is asked how many youngsters have gone through one of the many community-outreach programs administered at or through Metropolitan over the years, he takes a minute to do the math. "We've been doing it the last 16 years," Ingram recalls before rattling off some of the numbers: maybe just a handful of classes each of the first few years; recently, five to 10 classes of 20, 30, maybe even 40 students per class per year, not to mention a high school student-intern program. "It would have to be a couple of thousand, at least." Metropolitan's environmental initiatives are many. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course is located in an industrial area by the Oakland International Airport on the site of an old landfill. It had sound environmental practices and sustainability built into its DNA when it opened in 2003. Those practices helped lure Ingram there, but one program in particu - lar sealed the deal: the Oakland Turfgrass Education Initiative, which provides hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) lessons to inner-city Oakland middle and high school students through field trips to the course. "This is one of my primary core values," says Ingram, who won the 2014 overall and na - tional public ELGA and has been at Metropolitan from the start. "When I came to this golf course, it was because of the outreach programs. They had started to develop this OTEI program and said that would be my responsibility. 52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19

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