Golf Course Management

APR 2019

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04.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 47 Attendees also heard an emotional farewell from Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance operations at e Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.), who retired from the board after serving the past year as immediate past president. After Davis presented Maynard with the traditional white sport coat awarded to the as - sociation's past presidents, Maynard addressed the gathering and echoed sentiments he had expressed to the membership throughout his service. He took the opportunity to issue a final challenge: "Impacting someone and changing a life is easier than you think," he said. "You're in this association for a reason. I think that rea - son is to impact someone positively." — Andrew Hartsock, GCM managing editor First things first With a nod to the past and an eye to the future, the Opening Session, presented in part - nership with Syngenta, kicked off the trade show portion of GIS 2019. e 90-minute production was part recog - nition, part celebration, part cause for reflec- tion. Media personality Lauren ompson, host for Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" and NBC's "e Champion Within," hosted the event, which played to a packed house. ompson paid homage to the crowd. "Super - intendents are the true stewards of the game of golf," she said. Among the event's highlights: • GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans accepted a donation of $1 million from the Kend - rick B. Melrose Family Foundation to the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA's philanthropic organization, to support the professional development of golf course equipment managers. It was the second such $1 million donation — the first was in 2012 — from the Melrose Family Foundation, which is supported by Ken Melrose, former CEO and chairman of The Toro Co. • Recognition of 2018 GCSAA President Darren J. Davis, CGCS, who, during an interview on stage with Thompson, credited his long years of professional service to "the inability to say no," he said with a laugh. "Early on, I realized this profession was my calling, and I wanted to give back." Davis will serve another year on the GCSAA Board of Directors as Past President. • Recognition of the 10 superintendents who earned Certified Golf Course Superinten - dent (CGCS) status in 2018. e Opening Session — previously held the evening before the opening of the trade show — was moved this year to the morning of the opening. e event also served as a stage upon which the winners of GCSAA's top awards were recognized, and there were a few changes in that regard, too. For instance, the winner of the Presi - dent's Award for Environmental Stewardship — which is presented for exceptional envi - ronmental contributions to the game of golf — went not to an individual but a company: CourseCo. Fittingly, the company saluted its superintendents: "I know I'm biased, but our current group of superintendents are the best in the country," CourseCo chief operating offi - cer Tom Bugbee said after accepting the award. e Col. John Morley Distinguished Ser - vice Award — presented annually to an indi- vidual or individuals who have made an out- standing contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent profession — went to industry stalwarts Edward "Ted" Hor - ton, CGCS, and Tamas "Tom" Tanto. Tanto provided perhaps the most poignant moment at the Opening Session when he re - counted a tale from his early years. A native of Hungary who emigrated to the United States as an 18-year-old in the aftermath of World War II, Tanto served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command. He recalled being in Ger - many in 1961. "I was in a crowd, and some- OPENING SESSION GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, for the first time was awarded to a group of individuals, the pioneering Powell family of East Canton, Ohio. The award was presented to siblings Renee (second from left) and Larry Powell (second from right) during the Opening Session by 2018 GCSAA President Darren J. Davis, CGCS, (left) and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans.

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