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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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 The club presented Cook with its 2018 Employee of the Year Award. "I definitely was surprised. It was very rewarding," says Cook, a four-year GCSAA member who became the first employee of the maintenance team to earn the honor. "I didn't expect this. All my success would not be possible without my faith in Jesus Christ, the love and support of my amazing wife, Kayla, and all of my mentors that have guided me in my career path." Cook, 25, was among 12 assistant superintendents who attended GIS as part of GCSAA's EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental In - stitute for Golf. EXCEL provides leadership training for per- sonal, career and community/industry stewardship. The name "EXCEL" represents the education, cross-training, community focus, encouragement and leadership devel - opment that the program fosters. —H.R. Old Tom Morris Award recipient Jenkins dies This felt like climbing Mt. Everest without shoes. Given the task of writing the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award story for GCM was, well, daunting. And that is an understatement. How could I handle this challenge and do it justice? The recipient — legendary writer Dan Jenkins — was my subject. My first thought on the assignment? "Good luck, Howard." Jenkins, who passed away March 7 at 90, welcomed me to his Fort Worth, Texas, home as I came to gather as much information as possible about the man who is considered by many to be the greatest sports journalist in history. Jenkins was as gracious and thoughtful and char - ismatic as could be. Of course, I was awestruck. The man who wrote numerous bestsellers, including "Dead Solid Perfect" and Semi-Tough," with humor and vivid descrip - tions, also wrote for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest and attended 232 major golf championships (his first was the 1951 Masters). He had a streak of 179 consecutive majors until health issues prevented him from attending the 2014 British Open. What did Jenkins tell me about his first thought upon learning he would receive the Old Tom Morris Award? The WHERE IN THE WORLD...? The R&A and the National Golf Foundation recently released Golf Around the World 2019, a global look at golf. Some of the highlights : The U.S., the UK, Japan, Australia and Canada suffered 80% of recent course closures. Three of every four courses are publicly accessible in some form on a pay-per-play basis. Antarctica boasts just one course on its 5,100,000 square miles. In contrast, North America has 19,826 courses on 9,365,000 square miles. Asia and Europe are the regions tied for greatest percentage of new course development at 28 each. North America is third with 25% of the 534 new courses in various stages of construction or active planning. Sources: Golf Around the World 2019; The Guardian Of the world's 249 countries, 209 have at least one golf course. The top 10 golfing countries — the United States, Japan, Can- ada, England, Australia, Germany, France, Republic of Korea, Sweden and Scotland — are home to 78% of the world's 38,864 courses. Turkmenistan, a former member of the Soviet Union, joined the global golf ranks and is one of 47 countries with only one course. Of those, 28 have only nine holes of golf, though Turkmenistan isn't one of them. To mark the opening of the 18-hole Ashgabat Golf Club, authoritarian Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov was shown on state TV carding a hole-in-one on the Jack Nick- laus-designed course. The U.S. is home to 43% of the world's courses.

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