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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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 attention and my uncompromising commit- ment to the position." Total attendance for GIS in San Diego was 11,900, which was up from 2018 and in - cluded an 11 percent increase in qualified buy- ers. e two-day trade show covered more than 208,650 square feet of exhibit space and hosted 510 exhibitors. "e value of the Golf Industry Show is clear to our core audience of superintendent members and other golf course management profession - als," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans says. "e Golf Industry Show continues to offer an education and industry experience that is unmatched. e GIS presents a vibrant opportunity for attend - ees to learn about current industry issues, see the latest innovations, advance their careers and en - hance the game of golf." Several entities took advantage of the week in San Diego to pledge support to GCSAA for major association programs and initiatives, in - cluding a $1 million donation to the Environ- mental Institute for Golf from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation; e Toro Co. ex - tending its support of Rounds 4 Research with a $50,000 donation; and a $25,000 pledge to the EIFG from Turfco on the occasion of the company's 100th anniversary. In the following pages, you can read more about the happenings at GIS 2019, everything from the results of GCSAA's annual election and the Collegiate Turf Bowl, to who won the GCSAA Golf Championship. Of course, there's something about the trade show, which celebrated its 90th year and featured a bevy of new products. New membership classes approved GCSAA has a new president, two new membership classes and one new member on its board of directors after delegates voted at the Annual Meeting at GIS 2019. Rafael Barajas, CGCS, officially became the association's 83rd president. Barajas, di - rector of golf course maintenance at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and a 33-year GCSAA member, replaces 2018 president Darren Davis, CGCS. "I as - sure you," said Barajas, who was 14 years old when his family moved to the United States from Mexico, "I will not take the responsibil - ity lightly." John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, grounds and fa - cilities manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Coun- try Club, was elected vice president, and Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio, was elected secretary/treasurer. Jeff L. White, CGCS, superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Prairie Village, Kan., and T.A. Barker, CGCS, superinten - dent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Taylors- ville, Utah, were both re-elected to the board of directors. Delegates selected Paul L. Carter, CGCS, director of agronomy at e Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., to the third open board position. Directors serve two-year terms. Also, delegates voted to approve three bylaw changes. Two created new association member - ship classes: Facility Membership and Friend of the Golf Course Superintendent. e third ap - proved changes to the wording for Article II, Section 1: e annual dues shall be sums fixed by the Board of Directors, except for Classes A, B and C. Annual dues for Classes A, B and C shall not exceed the sum fixed at any annual meeting of the Association, as decided by a balloting conducted under regular voting procedures set forth in the Standing Rules of the Convention established by the Board of Directors, in accordance with Article V of these Bylaws. Dues shall be payable in ad - vance of the member's annual renewal date. Delegates also approved annual dues in - creases for Class A and Class B from $380 to $400, and an increase for Class C superinten - dents from $195 to $205. Top: During the Annual Meeting at GIS 2019, delegates officially selected Rafael Barajas, CGCS, as GCSAA's 83rd president and added two new membership classes. Photos by Darren Carroll Bottom: Hector Velazquez, creator of Hector's Shop, provides tips for soldering in the popular Inside the Shop exhibit on the trade show floor. ANNUAL MEETING

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