Golf Course Management

APR 2013

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front NINE 9 Curtis Tyrell, CGCS, MG, was one of the featured speakers at the Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show. Photo by David McPherson V v v GCSAA extends its condolences to the family of GCSAA Vice President Keith Ihms, CGCS, on the passing of his wife, Nita, on Feb. 23. Services were Feb. 27. In lieu of flowers, Nita had requested contributions be sent to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Foundation, 614 East Emma Ave., Suite 119, Springdale, Ark., 72764. see more @ www.gcsaa.org 'Growing for Golf' focus of Canadian show While U.S. superintendents geared up for the 2013 Golf Industry Show — and dreamed of some San Diego sun — their Canadian colleagues warmed up with a conference of their own. The Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show (CITC) was held Jan. 25-29 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, bringing together more than 800 turf and maintenance industry professionals. Besides the usual assortment of professional development, workshops and seminars, "Growing for Golf" took a broad look at the challenges facing the golf industry today. Golf industry experts, from general managers and course owners to representatives from major industry manufacturers shared insights, advice and best practices to help today's superintendents keep pace in an ever-changing, unpredictable economic environment. Seminar topics ranged from tips on how to better manage a maintenance budget to the latest trends on cool-season turfgrass nutrition and tree management. Presenters included leading turfgrass researchers such as Penn State's John Kaminski, Ph.D., along with veteran superintendents such as Medinah Country Club's Curtis Tyrell, CGCS, MG, and Brian Youell, the 2012 Canadian Superintendent of the Year, from Uplands Golf Course in Victoria, B.C. Sean Foley kicked off things Monday morning. While his marquee client, Tiger Woods, was sealing his 75th career PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines, the cerebral coach, who also counts PGA Tour players Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Stephen Ames as clients, gave an engaging address. It was flled with philosophical meanderings, funny anecdotes and many life lessons. Foley's overriding message? We have the power to edit our stories. We can change our attitude about each situation we face from "this is the story of my life" to "I can rewrite this story." Stephen Johnston closed the frst-day presentations. The founding principal of Global Golf Advisors moderated a panel discussion on "The Business of Golf" that offered perspectives and possible solutions to a wide range of issues and challenges, from golf participation to slow play. Panelists included Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation; Joe Murphy, general manager of St. George's Golf and Country Club; Don MacKay, owner of Muskova Highlands Golf Course; Vito Cirone of R.J. Burnside and Associates Ltd.; and Dave Bradley, president of TaylorMadeAdidas Canada. The Tuesday highlight was Tyrell, who walked attendees through the long-term planning and detailed preparations that the Windy City's historic private club went through prior to hosting the 2012 Ryder Cup. Tyrell joked he "only saw one shot of live golf all week" and that "the stage built for the opening ceremonies was big enough to host the Rolling Stones." The 2014 CITC is scheduled for Feb. 22-25 in Vancouver, B.C. For more details, check out www.golfsupers.com as the event draws closer. — David McPherson, GCM contributor Packard honored by ASGCA The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) honored one of its own for a signifcant milestone. ASGCA past president E. Lawrence (Larry) Packard, who celebrated his 100th birthday in November, was recognized for his noteworthy birthday and for his legacy of service. Packard's golf architecture career started in the 1940s in Illinois, and he joined Brent Wadsworth to open their own frm in 1954. Packard's work includes Innisbrook Golf and Country Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., where he designed three 18-hole courses, including the Copperhead Course, which continues to host the PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Championship. In all, Packard's work includes more than 600 courses in North America and several international venues, including Egypt, Guatemala and South Korea. Splendor in the grass Mowing grass actually can make you happy, Australian researchers say. Dr. Nick Lavidis, a neuroscientist in Queensland, discovered following six years of research that chemicals and odors released by plants when they are crushed affects how the brain manages stress, and it makes a person who is mowing grass more relaxed and happy, according to a report on ABC Radio Australia. Lavidis said the scent of freshly mowed grass "relieves the stress by acting directly on an area of the brain which is involved with emotions." 22 GCM April 2013

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