Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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03.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 99 SPAIN Oscar Checa, EM, San Roque, Cadiz Jose Maria Fernandez, Affiliate, Madrid Gonzalo M. Pedrera Martinez, Affiliate, Orihuela SWITZERLAND Joe D. Buckley, Class C, Vandoeuvres UNITED KINGDOM Mark I. Heveran, ISM, Cromer IN MEMORIAM Roddy (Rod) Brennan, 57, died July 4, 2018. Mr. Brennan, a 17-year member of GCSAA, worked at numerous golf courses throughout his career, most recently at Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick, N.J. He also was director of golf for Middlesex County, overseeing three golf courses in the state. He launched his career at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J., before going to Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J. He enjoyed playing softball with his sons and soccer with his daughter. Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Sue Brennan; sons, James Brennan and Brian Brennan; daughter, Rory Brennan; and siblings, Don, Lyn, Jay, Mark and Doneen. Michael "Mike" Fatke, 55, died Jan. 2, 2019. Mr. Fatke, a 19-year member of GCSAA, owned and operated M&M Records with his wife, Molly, from 1987 to 1994 in Manistee, Mich. In the spring of 1994, he launched a career in the golf industry at Manistee Golf & Country Club, serving as the superintendent. Along with his dedicated crew, whom he considered part of his family, he spent 25 years at the facility along Lake Michigan. He developed a hobby of collecting hickory shaft golf clubs. Most evenings late in his life, he could be located walking the club's back nine with the vintage golf clubs, trying to perfect golf shots with his mashies, nib- licks and baffies. Mike and wife Molly also shared a passion for animal welfare and, in 2014, initiated a nonprofit in memory of their beloved rescue dog, Buddy, called Save a Buddy Fund, which helps dog owners offset some of the cost associated with spaying and neutering their dogs and puppies. Mr. Fatke is survived by his wife, Molly Fatke; parents, Richard and Loretta Fatke; brothers, Dave (Diane) Fatke and Dan (Char) Fatke; sister-in-law, Tina Fatke; nephews, Collin (Mallory), Eric, Jacob, Jordan and Taylor Fatke; grandnephew, Elias Fatke, and grandniece, Amalie Fatke; aunts, uncles and cousins; brothers- and sisters-in-law Mike and Nancy Cichy and Matt and Terri Cichy; brothers-in-law Neil Cichy and Tom Cichy; sister-in-law, Patty Cichy; and niece, Ashley O'Brien (Josh Bartholomew). Charles Lane, 77, died Dec. 26, 2018. Mr. Lane, a 46-year member of GCSAA, went to school at Rutgers University and later oversaw Beaver Brook Country Club in An- nandale, N.J. His sons, Richard and Steve, worked for him there, and are currently Certified Golf Course Superintendents in New Jersey. All of his children would receive, as his wife calls it, "mandatory lessons" on Mondays when the course was closed to members, and he provided them with "tantrum clubs" that he cut down, which had belonged to members who threw tantrums and ruined their clubs. Later in his life, one day after receiving chemotherapy, Mr. Lane recorded his 10th hole-in-one, and, for the first time, his wife was present to witness his accomplish- ment. Mr. Lane is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cathy; sons, Richard (Debra) Lane and Steve (Mary) Lane; and daughter, Karen (Robert) Meszaros; grandchildren, Brittany, Leah, Sean, Sydney, Stephanie and Kyra; and sisters, Priscilla and Lois. David J. Shields, 55, died June 2, 2018. Mr. Shields, a 34-year member of GCSAA, graduated in 1985 from Eastern Illinois University. His love of golf led to a career in turf management, and he served as president of Supreme Turf Products. He was a member of multiple golf associa- tions, and he gave his time generously through golf fundraiser events. Mr. Shields is survived by the mother of his children, Jane Shields; daughters, Cassy (Drew) Coleman and Carly Shields; mother, Janice Kay Shields Krehbiel; brother, Randy Shields; grandchildren, Wyatt Coleman and Wesley Coleman; and nephew and niece, Ryan and Brianna Shields. GCM (ISSN 0192-3048 [print]; ISSN 2157-3085 [online]) is published monthly by GCSAA Communications Inc., 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859, 785-841-2240. Subscriptions (all amounts U.S. funds only): $75 a year. Outside the United States and Canada, write for rates. Single copy: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Office of publication and editorial office is at GCSAA, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859. Periodicals postage paid at Lawrence, Kan., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Golf Course Management, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement No. 40030949. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to P.O. Box 122, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8.

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