Golf Course Management

APR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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96 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 (industry news) GCSAA Class A super- intendent Sterling Caudle of Irvington, Va., received the 2018 Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Associa- tion's Presidents Award for Lifetime Service. The VGCSA's highest award is "to honor those superintendent pioneers who were instrumental in state and local affairs, but who may no longer be actively involved in the VGCSA." Caudle earned a two-year degree in golf course operations at Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College), and in March 1982, he was recruited and hired by The Tides Inn as superintendent at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington. Owner Bob Lee Stephens was like a second father to him, since Caudle was only 24 when he got the job. Golden Eagle became his home (37 years and counting). During his time, he has hosted three state amateurs and numerous other state events and even a visit by a sitting president. When President Bill Clinton came to visit in 1999 for a Democratic conference at the Tides Inn, Caudle was brought into the inner circle with Secret Service agents to ensure the President's safety. He recalls the presidential motorcade, the clearing of all play within nine holes, as well as a multitude of mulligans for Clinton, who, upon his arrival, was presented with a Golden Eagle shirt by Caudle, a 39-year association member. The Secret Service told him Clinton loved the Golden Eagle course. Caudle served as president of the Old Dominion GCSA, Virginia Turfgrass Council and Virginia Turfgrass Foundation. James Walker, a graduate of the African Turf Academy in Pretoria, South Africa, praised Jacobsen for its commitment to education and helping launch his The British and International Golf Green- keepers Association reported excellent numbers following its annual exhibition, held Jan. 22-24 in Har- rogate, England. The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition welcomed 4,500 individual delegates into the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre, with 154 exhibitors showcasing their wares in a new, innovative layout that enabled greater opportunities for interaction with visitors. Among the range of initiatives in 2019 was Golf Course Construction Live, which saw the construction of a bunker and a USGA-specification green within the exhibition halls. There was also a golf simulator hosted by BIGGA's official golf partner, Rigby Taylor, that sought to raise aware- ness of the horticultural charity Perennial. The exhibitors themselves got in on the act, with 18 companies coming together to host an "18 holes of BTME" competition, alongside innovations such as Syngenta's augmented reality and Bayer's turf canopy. The total number of visits across the three days was 7,200, with an average visitor duration of 1.6 days, up by 13 percent from 2018. The increase in duration was attributed to the greater opportu- nities for engagement, meaning visitors spent more time in the exhibition halls, alongside the expanded education program that kept visitors around for additional days. The Continue to Learn education program increased, with an additional 1,000 education opportunities made available. Visitors scanned into sessions 2,275 times, leading to a total of 6,123 hours of education throughout the week. That equates to more than two hours of education for every golf club in the UK. The BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen was held on the opening evening of the exhibition. During the exhibition, BIGGA's annual general meeting took place and witnessed a changing of the guard, as Leyland Golf Club Course Manager Scott Reeves took over the role of association chairman from Les Howkins, MG. Chris Sheehan of West Derby Golf Club in England became BIGGA president. BTME 2020 will be held Jan. 21-23. Troon was selected to manage Lake Presi- dential Golf Club, a semiprivate club in Upper Marlboro, Md. Located approximately 22 miles east of Washington, D.C., Lake Presidential GC is part of the Beechtree Community. The golf course opened in 2008 and is one of Maryland's most popular courses, having been named No. 2 on Golfweek's "Best Courses You Can Play in Maryland" list in 2016. The par-72, 7,230-yard layout meanders through heavily wooded and rolling terrain. Lake PRESIDENTIAL BIGGA exhibition

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