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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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 Happy endings Actor/comedian Sinbad closed out the fes- tivities at GIS 2019 and brought some seriously humorous observations that prompted major laughs from the audience that packed Ball - room 20 in the San Diego Convention Center for the Closing Celebration, presented in part - nership with John Deere Golf. If someone asks (the superintendent) what's in the spray tank, Sinbad suggests responding, "You don't want to know. at's why we don't post it. You feel bold, taste it." More from Sinbad: "What I like about golf … there could be a tornado or polar vor - tex, but golfers look out the window and still have hope." OK — one more. If a golfer says the rough is too high, Sinbad says to answer, "Maybe you're too short." Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the "100 greatest standups of all time," Sinbad's ca - reer has spanned more than three decades. You may have seen him in movies such as "Jingle All the Way, " "Houseguest" or "Good Burger." Or, on Comedy Central and HBO specials. He also has appeared on the FX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." From 1989 to 1991, Sinbad hosted Fox's "It's Showtime at the Apollo." He also had a starring role in the sit - com "A Different World." For more than 45 minutes, Sinbad capti - vated the crowd. Before that, it was an oppor- tunity to celebrate peers. Host Lauren omp- son, an on-air personality at the Golf Channel, kept the proceedings rolling. She introduced GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans, who noted that 18,936 holes of golf were played in the GCSAA Championships and more than 32,000 hours of education were completed by many of the more than nearly 12,000 who attended GIS. "I think it's been a successful show. We couldn't have done it without our mem - bers," said Evans, who mentioned attendees came from various locations, including as far away as South Africa. "Wherever you came from, we appreciate you and the support you give GCSAA." Now that the sun has set on another GIS, on deck is the Sunshine State. Orlando will host 2020 GIS. And take note: It's one week earlier than usual. e dates are Jan. 25-30. — HR looked into is the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success — or PaYS program — which helps veterans prepare for careers post-service by connecting them with employers. In any case, it has come down to getting creative to fill more industry positions. "You've got to think outside the box," said Shaffer, who was never shy about visiting busi - ness offices when he worked as a superinten- dent to see whether the people working inside were truly satisfied with their jobs. "I'd say, 'Do you enjoy sitting in this cubicle?' or 'You could work outside, become a superintendent and possibly make six figures.'" Shaffer said he even approached a group of women runners about coming to work on the golf course for $15 an hour. He ended up hiring some of them, and, "I later got some of their kids to work for me," he said. ompson, meanwhile, has developed a high school program in which students who come to work for him get a letter grade for their efforts, similar to how they get grades in school subjects. For Shaffer, all of this recruiting, coaxing or whatever you want to call it should be right in a superintendent's wheelhouse. And the time is now to attack the issue with vigor. "We ought to be able to sell to people why they should work for us. We're can-do people," he said. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Actor/comedian Sinbad closes out GIS 2019 with a laugh. Sinbad's 45-minute set was part of the Closing Celebration, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf. Photo by Darren Carroll closing celebration

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