Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 and the Coachella Valley in the wake of water restric- tions imposed on golf courses during periods of extreme drought. For 12 years, he taught an advanced water quality seminar through GCSAA. USGA has presented the Green Section Award annu - ally since 1961. It recognizes an individual's distinguished service to the game of golf through his or her work with turfgrass, including research, maintenance and other areas that positively impact the landscape on which golf is played. Bayer to host women in turf industry event Bayer's turf and ornamental business within the com- pany's Crop Science division announced it will host the in- augural North American Women in Golf event Sept. 18-20 in Raleigh, N.C. The event will bring together women in turf across the United States and Canada for a discussion on diversity in golf course management. Jacqueline Applegate, Ph.D., global head of Bayer Trending Tournament volunteering: The inside story Volunteers and superintendents — including Andrew Wilson, director of agronomy at Bethpage State Park, host of the 2019 PGA Championship — share insights on the experience in this peek behind the tournament- prep curtain. Year one as a superintendent A newly minted head superintendent shares the challenges and highlights of transitioning from an assistant to holding the superintendent reins. Irrigating with non-potable water A joint university-industry research project will look at better measuring soil salinity and moisture when alternative water sources are used for irrigation. GCM Get m o r e Environmental Science, will present the event's keynote, encouraging discussion focused on leading industry transformation by empowering women and reinforcing the importance of recognizing and harnessing one's own strengths. Throughout the event, attendees will engage in a series of dialogues, working sessions and presentations on leadership. They will also take a guided tour of the Bayer Education & Research Facility in nearby Clayton. "We're honored to support professional development to strengthen the breadth of diversity in golf," says Will MacMurdo, head of the Bayer U.S. Turf and Ornamentals Business. The North American Women in Golf event will be held at the StateView hotel in Raleigh. More details and registration will be released in the coming months. Dye passes away at 91 Alice Dye, the first female president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, a Fellow and 2017 Don - ald Ross Award recipient, died Jan. 1, at 91. ASGCA members will remember Dye — the matriarch of the most famous family in golf course design and archi - tect of the famed 17th hole "island green" at TPC Saw- grass — for her service to ASGCA and the game of golf. A winner of more than 50 amateur golf tournaments, she met her future husband, Pete, at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. The couple married in 1950 and moved to Indi - ana, where Pete began a career in golf course architecture in 1955. Their commitment to golf course design was ce - mented after a tour of Scottish golf courses that followed Pete's competing in the 1963 British Amateur. "Both Pete and I were champion golfers and played famous courses, which influenced our design features," Dye said in a 2018 interview. "I think our golfing ability was significant to our design work. It helped us to make tees for all abilities, as we truly understood the game. I have worked hard on play - able yardages for women." Alice joined Pete in the design and construction of their first course, El Dorado (Royal Oak), now called Dye's Walk, in Indianapolis. She contin - ued as co-designer for numerous courses, including: PGA West, LaQuinta, Calif.; Harbour Town Golf Links and Long Cove Club, Hilton Head, S.C.; and Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind. Her "Two Tee System for Women" was cut - ting-edge, encouraging clubs to introduce an additional set of forward tees for women. "Alice was certainly a pioneer and inspiration to us all regardless of gender, but she blazed a trail as only she could for great architects like Jan Bel Jan, Vicki Martz and Cynthia Dye McGarey to follow," ASGCA President Jeff Blume says. Superintendents mourn loss of two stalwarts Past GCSAA President Robert "Bob" V. Mitchell, CGCS Retired, of Lewisburg, W.Va., died Jan. 22. He was 88. Also, longtime Cog Hill Golf & Country Club superinten - dent Ken Lapp died Jan. 19. He was 82. Mitchell (pictured above) was born Nov. 16, 1930, in West Frankfort, Ill. He was a 66-year member of GCSAA and became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1971. He served as president of the association in 1972. During his tenure as director of golf and grounds at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Mitchell hosted both the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. Mitchell is preceded in death by his wife, Dorcas, to whom he was married for 66 years, and by his parents, Mary Esther Mitchell and Vertus Mitchell of St. Louis. He is survived by his sister, Doris June Mosele of Alton, Ill., and brother, James "Dutch" Mitchell and his wife, Pat, of Law - renceville, Ga. He is also survived by three children, Robert V. Mitchell Jr. of St. Charles, Mo.; Rhonda K. Mitchell of Weston, W.Va.; and Mark W. Mitchell and his wife, Tricia, of Lewisburg, W.Va. Mitchell had two grandchildren, Kath - erine Anne Mitchell of St. Charles, Mo., and Charles "Trey" H. White III of White Sulphur Springs/Weston, W.Va.; two step-grandchildren, Erin Hager and Chris (Ginny) Hager; and two step-great-grandchildren, Gage and Guy Hager. Lapp, meanwhile, is part of a legendary family that helped shape golf in the Chicago area for decades. He spent 58 years as a superintendent, including Fresh Meadow Golf Course in Hillside, Ill., and 39 years as di - rector of golf course maintenance at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill. He was mentored, from the age of 13, by his father, Amos, who was also a superintendent (Ken's brother, John, served as a superintendent as well). Ken hosted three USGA championships (including the 1997 U.S. Am - ateur) and 20 PGA Tour events before "retiring" in 2012. He wasn't done, though. Lapp worked on the crew for six years at Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein, Ill. He is survived by three sons and three grandchildren. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine

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