Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 Q: Pick one key thing you learned before becoming a superintendent that helps you the most. A: How to talk to membership. Stay calm and try to think about their problem from their point of view. If that doesn't work, say, "I understand your concern and will relay it to the proper committee." Q: Who made an impact on you after embarking on this career? A: My first disease class at Rutgers with Richard Buckley (who is director of the plant diagnostics lab and nematode detection service). He used big, scientific words, and I think it scared a lot of people. But some other guys and I banded together and said, "This makes a lot of sense." I realized there was more behind what superintendents do than mowing. It opened my eyes. A lot. Q: The best candy in the world is … ? A: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Q: You and your wife, Melissa, are expecting your first child in June. What will be your first piece of advice to your newborn child when he/she is old enough to understand? A: Dream, dream big, and never let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish that dream. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Christian Scheller had designs on a career. "I've always been a graphics kind of guy," he says, an interest he pursued as early as high school, when he played a role in printing the commencement brochure for graduation. It led to his earning an associate degree in graphics communications from Pennsylvania College of Technology. In time, the digital revolution influenced his career — and it also brought changes and uncertainty to his profession. "That career kind of blew up because of the internet and so many things going digital. Books were going to Kindle, iPads came along, and print- ing shops were going under. It scared me away," Scheller says. At a crossroads, Scheller rekindled a golfing passion and, in essence, outlined a new career path. He had worked on a golf course before college (he also had played for the college golf team in Pennsylvania), then enrolled in 2009 at Rutgers University, where he earned a two-year certificate in turf management. He held assistant positions at two other courses before coming to Squires GC as an assistant in February 2016 and became the private club's superintendent three months ago. Scheller, an eight-year GCSAA member, continues to use his graphics background at work. "The golf course is kind of your artwork, your design, your masterpiece," he says. Christian Scheller Was: Assistant superintendent, Squires Golf Club, Ambler, Pa. Is: Superintendent, Squires GC Twitter: @cschellerturf (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE March 1-3 — PGA Tour Champions, Cologuard Classic, Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.; Michael Petty, GCSAA Class A superintendent March 7-10 — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando; Christopher Flynn, CGCS, director of grounds March 7-10 — European Tour, Qatar Masters, Doha Golf Club, Qatar March 8-10 — PGA Tour Champions, Hoag Classic, Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club; Scot Dey, superintendent March 14-17 — PGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Lucas Andrews, superintendent; Jeff Plotts, director of golf course operations March 14-17 — European Tour, Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, Nairobi March 21-24 — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Cop- perhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.; Ryan Stewart, GCSAA Class A superintendent March 21-24 — LPGA, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, JW Marriott Desert Ridge-Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix; Todd Norton, GCSAA Class A superintendent and director of grounds March 21-24 — Web.com Tour, Chitimacha Open presented by Nacher, Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, Brous- sard, La.; Ramsey Prescott, GCSAA Class A superintendent March 21-24 — European Tour, Maybank Championship, Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 27-31 — PGA Tour, World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin (Texas) Country Club; Bobby Stringer, CGCS March 28-31 — PGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Champion- ship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic MEMBERS ONLY

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