Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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test medication worked to lower my IgMs, but I could not tolerate the side effects. After seven-plus years of development and testing, the company de - cided to reformulate it. e news is not all bad in that one medication has made it to market for the treatment of WM, and while it does have side effects, they are manageable. e medication is not a cure, but it does help mitigate the symptoms of the disease. It is extremely expensive and can only be pur - chased through a specialty pharmacy at this time. My diagnosis and subsequent participation in this clinical trial caused me to reflect on when I first got into the golf business more than 40 years ago. ere was no such thing as the Environmental Protection Agency. Materials used to control insects and plant fungi were made up of some fairly nasty products. e world has become a much safer place with the improvements in inputs and administration that have taken place. One could logically think that exposure to pesticides might have caused my WM, but that would not explain why other people who have never been exposed to pesticides have the condition — or why individu - als with a background similar to mine do not. Regardless, I encourage all who handle pesticides to do so according to the labels' instructions. More than 25,000 differ - ent genes make up our bod- ies. In my case, one of them has a problem. Coming to terms with that has given me a keen appreciation for those who have participated in clinical trials. Understand that the side effects noted in adver - tisements are there because people have experienced them at some time during the trials while bringing that product to market. I thank anyone who has participated in a trial and helped move science for - ward. Mike Wallace, CGCS, is a 41-year GCSAA member and in 2002 served as GCSAA presi- dent. He is superintendent at Simsbury Farms Golf Course in Simsbury, Conn. He is also an organ donor and plans to donate his body to science. Leo Feser Award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2019 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for their articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters.

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