Golf Course Management

APR 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org No shortage of big shots at Florida course V v v Eight GCSAA members received an all-expenses-paid trip to the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in February in San Diego. Funding for the program that made it possible is provided through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) with support from Bayer Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP. The purpose of the grant is to assist golf course superintendents with their professional development through participation in the annual event. GCSAA members who participated in this year's program were: Bruce Gregory, Liberty (Ind.) Country Club; Bradley Lazroff, Tanglewood Golf Club, Northville, Mich.; Steve Richau, Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro, N.C.; Dan Rootes, Ponderosa Butte Golf Course, Colstrip, Mont.; Daniel Shay Agawam Municipal Golf Course, EnField, Conn.; James (Randy) Smith, Riverlands Golf and Country Club, LaPlace, La.; Rolf Strobel, Sea Oaks Golf Club, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.; and Harold (Skip) Wade, Cantiague Park Golf Course, Amityville, N.Y. 26 GCM April 2013 This was no ordinary drive around the golf course for GCSAA Class A superintendent Eric Swenson. In late February, the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., entertained some special visitors, guys you don't see on a regular basis at a place like this. Swenson, a 12-year GCSAA member, accompanied heavy-duty security as they shadowed their extraordinary guests. Their names: President Barack Obama and Tiger Woods. Obama played 27 holes for three consecutive days, including a middle round Sunday with Woods. Floridian owner Jim Crane and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk completed the foursome. "For me just to have him (Obama), the leader of the free world on property, regardless of party affliations, was an absolute honor," Swenson tells GCM. Although the Floridian hasn't hosted a major championship, Swenson has seen some big hitters pass through this year. A few weeks before Obama and Woods played, some legendary fgures were on site to participate in a fundraiser for the son of Champions Tour player Dana Quigley. His son, Devon, suffered severe head injuries in an automobile accident, so to show their support, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino showed up to promote the event. "It was like having the Hall of Fame on our range," Swenson says. A tradition unlike any other … GCSAA members can receive complimentary daily admission to the Masters, April 8-14 at Augusta National Golf Club. Who is eligible? You must be a GCSAA Class A, A-Retired or AA Life member in good standing and in possession of a valid gold membership card. To gain admission, present your current GCSAA membership card along with your driver's license at the Gate C/PGA booth each day. The Gate C/PGA Booth is located just inside Gate 6, which is a walk-in gate off Berckmans Road. If you exit the grounds at any time during the day, you will be required to re-enter through Gate 6 and check back in at the Gate C/PGA booth, where once again, you will be required to present your GCSAA membership card and driver's license to gain admittance. Please verify your classifcation and status before making any travel arrangements. Do not sell, discard or give away the daily admission to anyone. No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed on the grounds at any time. Cameras are allowed only during practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday) but are not permitted on the grounds beginning Thursday. Any violation of Augusta National's ticket, cell phone or camera policies will result in a lifetime ban from the Masters — no questions asked and no excuses accepted. To date, 18 GCSAA members have been banned for life from future Masters tournaments. Course closed for 2013 The expense of watering the golf course became too much for the owners of a Colorado golf course. A story in the Colorado Springs Gazette details why there will be no golf played this year at Monument Hill Country Club. www. gazette.com/articles/club-151625-owners-elsewhere.html Couple makes golf dream come true Randy and Sheri Swonger met on a golf course. Now, they own one. Read about how their dream became a reality in the Fergus Falls Journal. www.fergusfallsjournal. com/2013/02/25/new-stalker-lake-golf-course-ownershave-passion-for-turf/ Iowa course offering student specials Nineteen-year GCSAA member Brian Mohr is doing his part to enlist young golfers in the game. Mohr, superintendent at Spencer (Iowa) Municipal Golf Course, is offering a reduced rate for students this year. The Daily Reporter delved into Mohr's plans. www.spencerdailyreporter.com/ story/1946312.html Trump makes changes at Doral The plane truth It was quite a scene at Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club in Broomfeld, Colo. Matt Toepfer, an assistant superintendent at the club and a seven-year member of GCSAA, provided this image of a small plane that made an emergency landing on the frst fairway in March. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured. Business magnate Donald Trump has big plans for the Blue Monster at Doral, which he acquired and renamed Trump National Doral. The day following the WGCCadillac Championship in March, Trump planned to begin renovations, according to The Miami Herald. The other four courses at Doral also will be revamped. www.miamiherald. com/2013/03/07/3271167/drastic-changes-on-the-hori zon.html

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