Golf Course Management

JUN 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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of best management practices (BMPs). e creation/implementation of BMP documents is already proving to be a powerful tool in defense of our industry. When our practices are called into question, the BMP manual can provide evidence that we take our profession and its effects on the environment seriously. We are proud that Maryland was the first state to complete its BMP turfgrass manual and is beginning to discover its benefit during legisla - tive sessions. e BMP document is a positive first step in unifying the turfgrass industry here in Maryland, and we applaud the GCSAA for its effort to encourage all states to follow our lead. Current and future challenges facing the turfgrass industry will re- quire a multifaceted effort. Documentation like the BMPs, community outreach programs like First Green, and proactive communication with legislative officials, the public and all facets of the industry will serve vital roles in shaping the community's understanding of our industry. A unified front Rather than standing silent, segmented and unengaged, we must work as a fully functioning alliance of turfgrass professionals in order to address today's challenges effectively. We must personally reach out to the different sectors within our own turfgrass communities, for we will engage more willingly if we have a friend or close colleague being affected by new legis- lation. Chapters, associations and councils from around the industry must reach out to each other and work as a unified group. For those of us in Maryland, the Maryland Turfgrass Council will serve as a catalyst for solidifying relationships among different turfgrass groups within the state, especially via events like joint turfgrass profes- sion trade shows. National organizations like GCSAA and STMA can help consolidate industry support through timely messaging via social and print media. Proactive and courageous leadership will be paramount. e true strength of an industry comes down to the passion, engagement and vision of the individuals who underwrite it. It has been my experience that turfgrass management is full of hard-working, dedicated and driven people. I believe that, with the right balance of camaraderie and shared knowledge, our industry will adapt and thrive despite the challenges that lie ahead. Logan Freeman is the Class A superintendent at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, Md., and a 10-year GCSAA member. 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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