Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 Renee Powell elected to board of PGA of America PGA/LPGA Professional Renee Powell, whose family was presented GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award this year, was elected the first at-large director of the PGA of Amer - ica board of directors. Powell, sister of 44-year GCSAA superintendent Larry Powell, is the PGA Head Professional at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. Renee Powell, 72, is a member of the PGA Hall of Fame and serves on the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees. She was the second African American to compete in the LPGA and in 2015 was one of seven women elected the first female honorary members in the 260-year history of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. Powell will serve a term through the 2020 PGA An - nual Meeting on a board composed of the association's president, vice president, secretary, honorary president and 18 directors. The directors are representatives from each of the PGA's 14 districts, two independent directors, Trending From Canada to SoCal for Turf Bowl 2019 A study regimen, fundraising and a fresh approach to GIS paid off for turf students from the University of Guelph. A teammate shares their journey to compete in the 2019 Turf Bowl. Ohoopee Match Club: Out of the dunes On a pure-sand site in a secluded area of Georgia, superintendent Rhett Baker has helped bring Ohoopee Match Club — an easygoing, whimsical 22-hole layout — to life. Improved pond and lake management Discover proactive strategies and some of the latest technologies for keeping your course's water bodies stable, eye-pleasing and odor- free. GCM Get m o r e an at-large director and a member of the PGA Tour. The addition of a PGA member as an at-large director brings additional expertise to the board, balances representation and increases diversity and enables officers and the board to recruit and cultivate talent. The at-large PGA board di - rector also will increase section representation. PGA of America President Suzy Whaley said Powell brings "a lifetime of service to golf" in her new position. "Renee Powell's selfless contributions to the game of golf have made the Powell name synonymous with inspiring PGA Professionals and the aspiring golfer," Whaley says. "We are excited about the energy and insight that Renee will bring to our board." In 1996, Powell was the first woman of color elected to PGA membership, charting a course of service both locally, in the Northern Ohio PGA Section, and nationally. At the same time, she helped elevate Clearview, the golf course her late father, William Powell, a PGA Hall of Fame member, built in 1946. Clearview is on the National Register of Historic Places. University projects earn GCSAA research grants Research grants from GCSAA are supporting eight new research projects at universities across the country. The projects, which were selected by a committee that included two members of the GCSAA Board of Directors, superintendents, university researchers and the research director of the USGA Green Section, will receive a total of $127,500 from a block grant to GCSAA from the Envi - ronmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), GCSAA's philanthropic organization. The new research projects are: • Strategies to reduce winter-related injury and spring dead spot of bermudagrass fairways and tees in marginal regions of adaptation. Joseph Roberts, Ph.D., University of Maryland. Co-funded by the Mid-Atlantic AGCS, Eastern Shore AGCS and Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association. • Strategies to reduce winter-related injury and spring dead spot of bermudagrass fairways and tees in mar - ginal regions of adaptation. David McCall, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University. Co-funded by the Mid-Atlantic AGCS, Virginia GCSA and Virginia Turfgrass Foundation. • Playing surface effect of surfactants on creeping bentgrass putting greens. Joseph Young, Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Funded through the EIFG's Mark Kizziar Research Grant, which supports work that will help produce well-conditioned golf courses while min - imizing consumption of water. Co-funded by the West Texas GCSA, North Texas GCSA, Central Texas GCSA and Lone Star GCSA. • Risk thresholds for lance nematodes on ultradwarf bermudagrass. William T. Crow, Ph.D., University of Florida. Funded through the EIFG's Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment, which supports environmental research on golf courses. Co-funded by the Florida GCSA. • Soil water content and ethylene effects on annual bluegrass acclimation to and survival of winter. Emily Merewitz, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Funded through the EIFG's Aquatrol's Robert A. Moore Endowment, which supports research for optimizing the growing environment for golf course turf while minimizing inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Co-funded by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation. • Zoysiagrass seedhead development and suppression. Jack Fry, Ph.D., Kansas State University. Co-funded by the Heart of America GCSA and Kansas Turf - grass Foundation. • Exploring phosphite fertilizer for turfgrass: Fungicide or fertilizer? Beth Guertal, Ph.D., Auburn University. Co- funded by the Alabama GCSA and Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation. • Turfgrass plant water status influence on herbi - cide phytotoxicity and efficacy. Ryan Goss, Ph.D., New Mexico State University. Co-funded by the Rio Grande GCSA. Old Tom Morris sculptor Pearson dies The industry lost Brad Pearson, but his work remains on full display at GCSAA. Pearson — who crafted the Old Tom Morris sculpture that stands tall outside the main entrance of GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. — passed away April 1 at 73. A 34-year retired GCSAA mem - ber, Pearson oversaw Holdrege (Neb.) Country Club. His bronze likeness of Morris was revealed in 2001. "I wanted him to be monumental. Tom Morris was larger than life," Pearson told GCM 18 years ago. His work was praised by the GCSAA Board of Direc - tors, who gave their approval for the statue in late 2000 based on a fully detailed, 9-inch clay miniature of the Old Tom Morris sculpture. The weight of the finished form was 200 pounds. A self-taught superintendent and artist who earned a sociology degree from the University of Nebraska, Pearson served as president of the Nebraska GCSA and was editor of the chapter's newsletter, Plain Turf. His colleagues hon - ored Pearson with their Superintendent of the Year Award in 1986. Among Pearson's survivors are his wife, Judy Pear - son; daughters, Amy (Bill) Michalski and Heather (Matt) Baack; sisters Pam Nyberg and Cass (Dean) Orcutt; and multiple grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine

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