Golf Course Management

JUL 2019

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.19 individuals who have demonstrated growth in advocacy and advancement of the GCSAA Priority Issues Agenda through congressional outreach and relationship devel- opment with a member of Congress. Through Toro, GAL winners receive a trip to the 2020 National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. Bieck, a 44-year member of GCSAA, says, "I am proud to be a part of the 'Grassroots Army.' The BMPs have resulted in the Nebraska GCSA expanding its sphere of influence to Nebraska's environmental and regulat- ing agencies." In his ambassador role, Bieck is paired with U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (pictured, with Bieck). Arizona launches BMP guide Members of the Cactus & Pine GCSA have collab- orated with related organizations in Arizona to publish the "Arizona Golf Industry Best Management Prac- tices Guide." Trending Pythium root rot Q&A When to treat? How to reduce? Paul Giordano, Ph.D., answers the most frequently asked questions to help superintendents outsmart this challenging disease. http://bit.ly/2JJ3z23 Prevent damage to ornamentals How you plant, prune and approach stressors can impact how injury-prone (and costly!) your course's trees, shrubs and perennials are. http://bit.ly/2hLQ82h White roofs beat the heat The white roof on the AC-free maintenance facility at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn., helps soften summer's swelter. http://bit.ly/2K54s42 GCM Get m o r e GCMOnline.com The Arizona BMPs were developed in part using the BMP Planning Guide and Template from GCSAA, which was funded by the association's Environmental Institute for Golf through support from the USGA. The Cactus & Pine GCSA received a $10,000 BMP grant from GCSAA, funded in part by the PGA Tour. GCSAA's goal is to have all 50 states offer established BMPs by 2020. Currently, 40 states have completed or are in the process of com- pleting BMPs. "I think the key to the BMPs is to make sure every- thing is covered and all the right people are involved," says Douglas Dykstra, CGCS, superintendent at White Moun- tain Country Club in Pinetop, Ariz., who served as chair- man of the Arizona BMP project. "It's a living, breathing document, and as things change, it can be updated. That's the beauty of it." Record breakers: Master Greenkeepers set a new bar The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Asso- ciation has announced that a record number of members have achieved the Master Greenkeeper certificate follow- ing examinations in April. Six BIGGA members have joined the ranks of course managers, head greenkeepers and superintendents who can count themselves among the most highly qualified and respected individuals within the industry. First presented in 1991, the Master Greenkeeper certificate is awarded to BIGGA members who have reached the highest stan- dards of greenkeeping and golf course management. To be eligible, a BIGGA member must have spent at least 10 years working in greenkeeping, with a minimum of three in a head greenkeeper, course manager or superintendent role. They must also have been responsible for their cur- rent golf course or courses for a minimum of two years. The BIGGA members who recently achieved Master Greenkeeper status are: Bob Vaughey, CGCS, Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.; Sam Evans, Ful- well Golf Club, United Kingdom; Rob Clare, Brough Golf Club, United Kingdom; David McGregor, Westwood Coun- try Club, Vienna, Va.; Matthew Gourlay, CGCS, Colbert Hills Golf Course, Manhattan, Kan.; and Andrew Sprunt, Florissant Golf Club, Florissant, Mo. In earning the MG certificate, Sprunt became just the 80th Master Green- keeper. For Gourlay, golf is a family business. His grandfather emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1948 and was a founding member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. The family name is synonymous with the feathery golf balls that were popular in Scotland in the first half of the 19th century. "I have always thought highly of the Master Green- keeper certificate, having worked for Steve Cook, CGCS, MG," says Gourlay. "But it wasn't until attending BTME (BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition) for the first time in 2016 and watching a mentor, Matt Wharton, CGCS, MG, being recognized that I made it a goal of mine. I at- tended that show with Tony Girardi, CGCS, MG, and we both walked away with a huge appreciation of the rigorous standards needed to achieve this designation. We both set forth with the goal of achieving the MG certificate, with Tony obtaining his last year. "I just enjoy continuing to learn about the golf indus- try. After achieving the MG certificate, I am asking myself, 'What's next?' as I believe in setting goals. Goals help me achieve the highest potential; they make me stretch be- yond my normal self and reach new heights." Evans, course manager at Fulwell Golf Club, has achieved the accreditation at just 30 years old. An active member of BIGGA, Evans has participated in two Open vol- unteer support teams, the Future Turf Managers Initiative, the TPC Sawgrass volunteer program and the BIGGA dele- gation for the Golf Industry Show. "I wanted to do the Master Greenkeeper certificate, as I believe there is always a next level to aspire to and push yourself to," Evans says. "I have been brought up to aim high, and, to me, the Master Greenkeeper certificate is an unrivaled pinnacle of professional status, which I still cannot believe I have achieved. I am over the moon to be awarded this, and it is another example of how hard work really does pay off." Rounds 4 Research sets a new standard The 2019 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support turfgrass research sold 1,465 rounds of golf and yielded nearly $364,000 in its May online auction — an increase of $51,000 over 2018 — making it the most successful auction in the program's history. Rounds 4 Research is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. Since its launch in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $1.5 million. The Carolinas GCSA raised $61,000 and was the leader among the more than 70 GCSAA-affiliated chapters and turfgrass organizations that received proceeds from the auction to support turfgrass research at the local level. The Florida GCSA was next, with nearly $40,000 raised for its chapter. The top bid was $4,750 for a round of golf for four donated by Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. Bel Jan new ASGCA president Jan Bel Jan of Jupiter, Fla., was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects at the or- ganization's recent 73rd annual meeting. A Pittsburgh native, Bel Jan comes from a golf family. Her father, George Bel Jan, was a golf pro and superinten- dent, and three of his five brothers were PGA profession- als. Bel Jan is a landscape architecture graduate of West Virginia University. Bel Jan began her design career with Tom Fazio, with whom she held a senior position in golf course design, construction and project management for more than 20 years. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine Facebook.com/GCMmagazine

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