Golf Course Management

JUL 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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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.19 hand that GCSAA is truly a member associa- tion. As a delegate, I thought I was going to learn about the candidates for board of di- rectors — who they were and why we should vote for them. But the experience was so much more than that. •is meeting is a gathering of all chapter representatives, where we obtain information about GCSAA, meet our leader- ship, network with other association leaders and celebrate the accomplishments of the 99 local chapters. I was honored to attend again in No- vember 2018, and I gained so much from the focused discussions around growing the GCSAA membership. A walk at the GIS In February 2018, I walked around San Antonio at the Golf Industry Show. •ere, I experienced a first in my career — giving a presentation during the Lightning Round Learning session about "Networking Differ- ently." •e key message was that, as superin- tendents, we know we are expected to provide excellent and fun playing conditions — de- spite the weather and other challenges — but there is so much more we can do to add value to our clubs. At GIS, my colleagues and I volunteered to grade essays by university student teams par- ticipating in the GCSAA Turf Bowl, which featured more than 70 teams from around the country. •is was a great opportunity to give back Marc Weston's career journey has included many memorable stops, including, clockwise from above: a visit to GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., for the 2017 delegates meeting (and a selfie with field represen- tative Kevin Doyle, at left, at the Old Tom Morris statue); a trip to view the 2018 Masters with fellow superintendents (from left) Rich Duggan, Kevin Collins, and Scott Ramsay, CGCS; and a stint as presenter at the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio during the Lightning Round Learning session. and be part of supporting these students and crowning the champion. I eagerly returned to GIS 2019 in San Diego, where I reconnected with my peers and participated in networking events for associa- tion presidents and Grassroots Ambassadors. A walk at Augusta In spring of 2018, I took a flight down south with some of my good friends and fel- low CAGCS board members. As Class A superintendents, we were able to take advantage of complimentary admission to the Masters. I encourage all Class A mem- bers — including Class A-Retired and AA Life — to explore this amazing opportunity. We were able to take a three-day, 26.1- mile walk around the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. Even over three days, I could barely complete a marathon, but I did successfully try every item from the legend- ary affordable Augusta concessions. (It seems like everything cost $2 down there. I wasn't a fan of the pimento cheese sandwich, but the Georgia peach ice cream sandwiches are life- changing.) Walking around to see the elevation changes of the property, the contours and un- dulations of the greens is certainly something best experienced in person. But if I can share a little advice, don't walk up the 10th fairway from green to tee at the end of the day. A walk in D.C. Later that April, my great friend and men- tor Scott Ramsay, CGCS, (superintendent at •e Course at Yale) and I attended National Golf Day in Washington, D.C., along with over 100 GCSAA members. •e event kicked off with a group service project at the National Mall, and my walk took me to just outside the Capitol Building to work on the aerification and seeding team. •e next day, meetings were arranged for us on Capitol Hill with all of the elected repre- sentatives and senators from Connecticut.

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