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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Photos by Montana Pritchard Deere pledges $1 million to The First Tee John Deere has pledged a $1 million donation to The First Tee program, making the equipment giant a trustee of the organization dedicated to using golf to provide life skills and character education to young people. Announced during the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Deere's donation will be made over fve years, with the funds being used to support a variety of First Tee initiatives, most notably the creation and launch of a golf maintenance career-oriented youth development program, which will be developed in conjunction with the PGA Tour. Local First Tee chapters will partner with the Tour's Tournament Players Courses (TPC) to give high-school aged participants the opportunity to learn about careers in agronomy and golf course maintenance. "Our participation will provide The First Tee with resources to help reach so many more young people, to volunteer with local chapters and to fuel the curiosity and development of young minds eager to explore careers in the turf care industry," said Mara Sovey, director, corporate citizenship for Deere. "At The First Tee, we rely on strong partners like John Deere Golf to help us carry out our ambitious efforts to reach 10 million additional young people between 2011 and 2017," said Joe Louis Barrow Jr., CEO of The First Tee. "We are thankful that in addition to their substantial donation, John Deere will help us develop a program to teach our participants about turf care and what it means to be a leader in the golf industry." 60 GCM April 2013 in attendance know what they mean to Queen. "Sandy is a professional who cares deeply for the profession," Evans said. "He's passionate about GCSAA, and he's passionate about you." Queen received a plaque for a lifetime of service before he described his duty in his profession. "We (superintendents) are very much servants at heart," Queen said. "It's been my goal to continue to advance the profession, leave a legacy of dedication, compassion, to serve our members." In conclusion, Queen challenged those in the audience. "God has a plan for each of you. Don't miss it," he said. Maj. Dan Rooney closed the celebration on an inspirational high note. A former University of Kansas golfer who few as an F-16 fghter pilot in three tours of duty in Iraq, Rooney initiated Patriot Golf Day and the Folds of Honor Foundation, which have raised more than $16 million for college scholarships for children or spouses of military men and women killed or disabled during service to the country. "We want to leave no family behind, and golf is making sure we don't," Rooney said. Full hearts at Opening Session Emotions were running high as recipients of GCSAA's top awards stepped to the podium at the Opening Session, presented Feb. 6 in partnership with Syngenta. One by one, the winners choked up as they thanked their families, friends and colleagues. Mike Hurdzan, Ph.D., who received the association's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award for 2013, told GCM he

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