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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IN MEMORIAM William Atkins, 63, died Jan. 7, 2019. Mr. Atkins, a 22-year member of GCSAA, served as superintendent at multiple golf courses in Florida. The list includes Golden Hills Country Club in Ocala, where he hosted the 2009 U.S. Women's Mid- Amateur; Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club; Golf The Villages in The Villages; and Jonathan's Landing Golf Club, Jupiter. Mr. Atkins is survived by his wife, Kathy Atkins; son, William C. (Katrina) Atkins; father, Frank Atkins; brothers, Tom Atkins, Ray Atkins and Frank Atkins; granddaughter, Piper Avery Atkins; and Coco, his rescue dog. Stephen Ken "Steve" Gipson, 74, died Dec. 31, 2018. Mr. Gipson, a 50-year member of GCSAA, helped build and open TRW Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio, after graduating from Purdue University. He was presented the Mal McLaren Award for professional excellence in 1995 and the Professional Excellence Award from the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation in 1980. He was a longtime member of the Northern Ohio GCSA and served as president in 1978-1979. Mr. Gipson is survived by his wife, Jan Gipson; daughter, Kimberly Lyn (Mark) Howard; grandsons, Josh Howard and Brandon Howard; mother, Ruth Gipson; sister, Cindy Harvey; and nieces and nephews. Kenneth Lapp, 82, died Jan. 19, 2019. Mr. Lapp, a 55-year member of GCSAA, was introduced to the industry by his father, who was a superintendent. He was employed for six years at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, Ill., before going to Fresh Meadow Course in Hillside, Ill. In 1973, he moved to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., a four-course facility, and was director of course maintenance there until his retirement in 2012. Upon his retirement, he was only one of 10 superintendents to host 20 or more PGA Tour events. In addi- tion, he hosted three USGA championships, including the 1997 U.S. Amateur. Following retirement, he spent six years at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein, Ill., as a crew member. Mr. Lapp is survived by three sons, Jeff Lapp, Bill Lapp and John Lapp, and three grandchildren. William McMullin, 95, died Jan. 10, 2019. Mr. McMullin, a 60-year member of GCSAA, worked at Yankee Run Golf Course in Brookfield Township, Ohio, right after high school. He served in World War II for the U.S. Army Air Corps and was called to 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. 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He participated in approximately 60 combat missions. After the war, he and his brother Ben began construction of the second nine at Yankee Run. Mr. McMullin is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Phillip) Jean Wray and Janet Lynn McMullin; son, William Gary (Dena) McMullin; grandchildren, David Wray, Becky Putnam, Pamela Wray, Calli Micaletti, Morgan McMullin, Katie McMullin and Garrett McMullin; and eight great- grandchildren. Todd E. Pollini, 53, died Jan. 27, 2019. Mr. Pollini, a 26-year member of GCSAA, was the superintendent for 24 years at Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, N.H. Mr. Pollini is survived by his wife, Celeste M. Pollini; daughter, Jillian Clair Pollini; sons, William Todd Pollini, Joshua Sean Askew and Paul Joseph Askew; mother, Cynthia Gunn; brothers, Paul Pollini, Joseph Pollini, William S. Pollini and Chris Gunn; sister, Toni Gunn; and stepmother, Karen Pollini. Paul Veasman, 59, died Jan. 31, 2019. Mr. Veasman, a 32-year member of GCSAA, launched his career at Tan-Tar-A Golf Resort in Osage Beach, Mo. In 1990, he became a superintendent at Harrison (Ark.) Country Club and spent 13 years there. His passion for his work led him and his wife, Kay, to a successful career in the landscape business. Mr. Veasman is survived by his wife, Kay Veasman; daughters, Amanda (Ted) Ross and Amy Veasman; sons, Brandon Veasman and Travis Veasman; stepsons, Chance (Corie) Hollingsworth and Gabe (Cady) Hollingsworth; and many grandchildren.

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