Golf Course Management

APR 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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FIELD reports Northwest Southwest Central Plains Great Lakes South Central Southeast Florida Northeast Mid-Atlantic Editor's note: Field Reports highlights news, notes and information from the front lines of the golf course management industry. To submit items for Field Reports, send them to editor-in-chief Scott Hollister (shollister@ gcsaa.org). To learn more about GCSAA's efforts on the local and regional level through its affiliated chapters and field staff program, visit www.gcsaa.org/chapters/default.asp. excuse to get outside, celebrate golf in Florida and the incredible economic impact it has in the state," says Sen. Aaron Bean, who represents Florida District 4. The state will play host to 17 professional golf events in 2013. Florida Southwest The Florida Golf Alliance — a collaboration of organizations in the Sunshine State representing all facets of the golf industry, including the Florida GCSA and the Florida Turfgrass Association — gathered in Tallahassee in late February for Florida Golf Day, an event that gave Alliance members the opportunity to discuss the importance of the golf industry to Florida with state lawmakers. A 2007 study estimated golf's economic impact in Florida at $7.5 billion annually and identified 167,000 jobs tied to the business of golf in the state. In addition, Florida's golf industry has a charitable impact of $312 million each year. "Florida's golf industry has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for the state," says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, the administrator of Golf 20/20 and the Florida Golf Alliance, and the former CEO of GCSAA. In addition to meetings with state legislators, an interactive swing center was set up in the Capital Courtyard, staffed by North Florida PGA and LPGA professionals, and senators and representatives competed in a charity putting contest. "It's a great Robert Itamoto, who worked as a golf course superintendent in Hawaii for more than two decades, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii GCSA. A 22-year member of GCSAA, Itamoto is a graduate of Colorado State University who began working on island golf courses in 1960. Working with Robert Trent Jones Sr., he oversaw the construction of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Course in 1964 and stayed to oversee maintenance of that property. He also supervised the construction of Hapuna Golf Course, and following his retirement in 2002, he continued to consult on golf course construction projects around the islands. Also, the Hawaii GCSA named Scott Nair, the director of agronomy at Kukio Golf and Beach Club, as its superintendent of the year. Nair is a 30-year GCSAA member who serves as the president of the Big Island GCSA. In that role, he has been instrumental in planning the chapter's educational sessions and their charitable efforts, most notably a toy drive to benefit Toys For Tots. 28 GCM April 2013 Northeast John Carlone, CGCS at The Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2012 Sherwood A. Moore Award, the highest honor handed out by the Metropolitan GCSA. A 31year member of GCSAA who has been certified since 1991, Carlone has a long track record of service at both the local and national levels. He has served as a member of eight different GCSAA committees and has been a chapter delegate for both the Metropolitan GCSA and the Long Island GCSA. On the local level, Carlone is a past president of both the Metropolitan GCSA and the Long Island GCSA, serving a combined 25 years on the board of directors of those two chapters. "I am truly honored to receive the Sherwood A. Moore Award," Carlone told Tee to Green, the publication of the Metropolitan GCSA. "I'm passionate about our industry and have always felt strongly about making a positive impact on our profession. I couldn't be more pleased to join the roster of Sherwood A. Moore Award winners, who, to me, represent some of the most accomplished and highly regarded superintendents in our association." Given annually to recognize those who have "advanced the image, status and reputation of the golf course superintendent," the award was first presented in 1987, and that inaugural award went to its namesake, best known for a long tenure as the superintendent at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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