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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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 "I'm honored to win any award. But especially one named for a guy who I'm almost as old as he is," Jenkins said. I sent Jenkins a draft of my story before it was pub - lished in GCM. I'm pretty sure I was trembling the entire time that I waited for his response, which came via email at 10:52 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2014. Besides making a hand - ful of additions, Jenkins was appreciative. "You make me out to be more than I am, but I won't turn it down," Jen - kins said. And I, simply, was in disbelief that he had actually read something that I wrote. The thought of it still puts a smile on my face. —H.R. GIS Silent Auction nets more than $123,000 The 2019 Golf Industry Show Silent Auction, conducted in February, raised $123,037 to benefit the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA's philanthropic organization. Trending Turf Club: Camaraderie, advice off the golf course Informal gatherings with a group of fellow turf enthusiasts helped an assistant superintendent boost his agronomic IQ and find a sense of community. 3 states establish BMPs Georgia, Nebraska and Ohio have published statewide best management practices with grants from GCSAA. Learn more about and view the new BMP manuals. 10 things I wish they'd taught me in turf school Classroom education can only take a turf man- ager so far. A longtime superintendent shares the informal, real-world lessons that have helped him achieve sustained success. http:// GCM Get m o r e While the 2019 Golf Industry Show took place Feb. 2-7 in San Diego, the Silent Auction continued online on www. until Feb. 18. A total of 348 items were donated to the auction, ranging from course acces - sories to irrigation products to autographed memorabilia. The 2019 auction total increased by $14,000 over 2018. The most popular item sold was a Club Car Carryall 502 utility vehicle, which received the most bids in the auction and sold for $9,205. Brandriet earns Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award Greg Brandriet, CGCS, superintendent at Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club in Spearfish, S.D., has received the Grass - roots Ambassador Leadership Award from GCSAA. The Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award, pre - sented quarterly in partnership with The Toro Co., honors individuals who have demonstrated growth in advocacy and advancement of the GCSAA Priority Issues Agenda through congressional outreach and relationship devel - opment with a member of Congress. Through Toro, GAL Award winners receive a trip to the 2019 National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. The GAL Award is part of GCSAA's Grassroots Am - bassador leadership program, which matches superinten- dents with members of Congress to build strong relation- ships with them. Nearly 350 GCSAA members currently serve as ambassadors. A 10-year member of GCSAA, Brandriet (on right in photo) got involved in advocating for the superintendent profession out of a personal interest in politics and a desire to meet like-minded individuals who promote the economic and social benefits of golf. Brandriet became a grassroots ambassador in 2016 and attended National Golf Day in 2017 and 2018. "Every opportunity to advocate for the golf industry has given me an opportunity to hone our message and to improve my leadership and communication skills," Bran - driet says. "Advocating for our industry is important to pro- vide an accurate narrative to the public in an age where golf is sometimes viewed as a burden on the environment and a limited-access activity, when really the opposite is true." In his role as ambassador, Brandriet is paired with Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who is senate majority whip. Brandriet first connected with Thune's local staff in 2017, and Thune's Washington office has reached out to Brandriet on issues affecting the golf industry, such as the H-2B visa program. In addition, Brandriet met with Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota (on left in photo) when the senator visited Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club. "Sen. Rounds was at our facility speaking to another group but recalled our meeting at NGD (National Golf Day) 2017 and offered continued support for our objectives," Brandriet says. "Both senators have been very receptive to our message and are already promoting a few of our key policy issues." Application time: Syngenta Business Institute Golf course superintendents can now apply online to attend the 2019 Syngenta Business Institute. The profes - sional development program was specifically designed to help superintendents obtain the skills needed to be excep - tional industry leaders. The program will be held Dec. 3-6 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Approximately 25 superintendents will be selected from all who apply on or before Aug. 13. To learn more about the Syngenta Business Institute and to apply online, visit . Superintendents can also contact their local Syngenta ter - ritory manager for information. Vines receives Musser Award The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation has selected Phillip L. Vines as the 2019 Award of Excel - lence recipient. The award is given to outstanding doctoral candidates who, in the final phase of their graduate studies, demon - strate overall excellence throughout their doctoral program in turfgrass research. Vines received a grant of $35,000 from the foundation. Vines completed his bachelor's de - gree in agronomy from Mississippi State University. He went on to earn his master's from Mississippi State Uni - versity in plant pathology. Additionally, he received a mas- ter's from Rutgers University in statistics. He is on track to receive his Ph.D. from Rutgers in plant breeding and genomics, and his dissertation is titled, "Molecular Breed - ing Tools for Improving Morphological Traits and Biotic and Abiotic Stress Responses in Perennial Ryegrass." Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine

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