Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08 .19 Another first for Pinehurst The goal of sports teams is to say, "We're No. 1." In golf terms, it has become clear that Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., is again at the top of its game. Thanks to the USGA, Pinehurst will make history for the second time in five years. In 2014, Pinehurst No. 2 became the first U.S. Open venue to host back-to-back men's and women's U.S. Opens. This summer, for the first time in its 119-year history, the 36-hole championship match of the Trending John Deere unveils autonomous fairway mower A select group of superintendents got a peek at the product during John Deere's Golf Technol - ogy Preview in July. See the machine in action. Maintaining Southeast Asia's first proper links A brand-new golf course in Vietnam is betting on Zeon zoysiagrass — and a skilled superin - tendent — to deliver firm and fast conditions in the tropical environment. Delaware publishes golf course BMPs The First State is the most recent to step up with environmental best management prac - tices for golf courses. Learn more about and view Delaware's new BMP manual. http://bit. ly/2JyQ3Sa GCM Get m o r e upcoming U.S. Amateur will be contested on two courses when Pinehurst No. 4 (pictured) hosts the morning round and Pinehurst No. 2 hosts the afternoon round on Aug. 18. "It's always fun to be the first to do something like that," Bob Farren, CGCS, Pinehurst's director of golf course maintenance and 39-year GCSAA member, says about the imminent Amateur. "It speaks to the uniqueness of our facility, and to have two courses side by side that are worthy of that." Architect Gil Hanse redesigned No. 4, which reopened in September shortly after Hurricane Florence. "It (No. 4) has got the same fabric, DNA, as No. 2. Sandy, native areas, big and bold," Farren says. This is Pinehurst's third U.S. Amateur and 10th overall USGA championship. Al - though Pinehurst has hosted three men's U.S. Opens (and is hosting a fourth in 2024) and one women's U.S. Open, Farren says the famed facility was made for historic mo - ments like the one on deck. "It (amateur golf) is the purest sense of golf and what golf should be," he says. "Amateur golf is the foundation of who we are." — H.R. Washington state, USGA make big donation to EIFG The Washington State Golf Association and United States Golf Association have donated $26,000 and $20,000, respectively, to the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, to sup - port First Green, which provides hands-on STEM (sci- ence, technology, engineering and math) education at golf courses. Prior to GCSAA's assuming leadership of First Green in 2018, the WSGA had been a longtime supporter of the program, which had its origins in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1997, First Green is the only STEM educa - tion and environmental outreach program that uses golf courses as learning labs. Each field trip averages 75 stu - dents, who learn about golf and the environment. For most students, these "outdoor classrooms" represent their first exposure to a golf course. The USGA also has been a longtime supporter of the program. "It's been exciting to support the continual growth of First Green and its efforts to get kids engaged in the exciting science of golf," says Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., managing director of the USGA Green Section. "This pro - gram is another part of GCSAA's overall efforts to promote golf course superintendents, and it's a great way for the USGA to continue our commitment to environmental stew - ardship in golf." GCM earns multiple honors in awards contest GCM earned 11 awards — including honors for its two newest digital properties, and the GCSAA Podcast — in the 2019 Turf and Ornamental Communi - cators Association Communications Contest. The awards were for work produced in 2018 and were presented during the organization's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in May. and its editor, Megan Hirt, were hon - ored with a first-place award for Websites in the contest's New Media division. In that same division, the GCSAA Podcast and Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief, won a merit award in the Podcast category. Two superintendent contributors to GCM also won awards. Jim Nedrow, the Class A superintendent at Indian Creek Golf Club in Elkhorn, Neb., won a first-place writing award in the Editorial/Opinion Piece category for "Don't let time pass you by," which was published in June 2018. Dave Waymire, CGCS, with American Golf Corp., took first in the Writing, Business Management category for "The 10 Commandments of successful superintendents," pub - lished in July 2018. Other GCM winners were: • Howard Richman, associate editor, who earned a first-place writing award in the Product Information category for "In with the new," a story on the devel - opment of Toro's new Outcross turf utility vehicle that was published in February 2018. • Roger Billings and Kelly Neis, senior managers, cre - ative services, shared a first-place award in the Best Single Photo, Use of Stock Art in the Photography/ Video/Multimedia category for the cover of the Octo - ber 2018 issue ("A family affair"). They also shared a merit award in Special Projects, Miscellaneous Special Publishing Projects for the 2019 Dog Days of Turf cal - endar. • Hal Phillips, a longtime freelance contributor to GCM, took first place for Writing, Environmental Stewardship for his story, "A new sheriff in town," about the team at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass. The story was published in January 2018 and also won the Gardner Award for writing, a best-in-show honor. • Thom Nikolai, Ph.D., from Michigan State University, a bimonthly GCM columnist, earned a merit award in the Writing, Series of Columns by Regular Department Columnist category for his "Up to Speed" columns. • Freelance photographer Rick Bern won a merit in Photography/Video/Multimedia, Best Print Magazine Cover for his photo of Jason VanBuskirk that appeared on the Sept. 2018 cover. • The GCM staff received a merit award for its collective reporting on the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio that was published in April 2018 in Special Projects, Best Coverage in a Magazine of an On- Site Event. In addition, GCSAA TV and EPIC Creative, which pro - duces the site on behalf of GCSAA, won four awards in total — two firsts and two merits — for video work that appeared on the online video product. And Hollister was selected as TOCA's Volunteer of the Year for 2018 after stepping in to serve as interim president when both the organization's president and vice president left the indus - try midyear. Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine

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