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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newly certifed Class of 2012. Golf Channel regulars Tim Rosaforte (left) and Brandel Chamblee brought a taste of their personalities to the GIS General Session stage. thinks that recent and ongoing changes in the golf industry have served to make superintendents even more passionate about their profession. Matt Ceplo, CGCS, winner of the 2013 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, visibly struggled to maintain his composure, as did the three winners of the Col. Morley Distinguished Service Award who spoke: Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D.; Dennis Lyon, CGCS Retired; and Ken Mangum, CGCS. (This year's fourth winner, Frank Lamphier, was unable to attend conference and show.) Hurdzan, the renowned golf course architect who began in the industry as a superintendent, admitted to the crowd that he was "moved to tears and scared to death" to speak to them. "Through and through, this industry is in my heart. I've always considered myself frst and foremost to be a golf course superintendent," he said. Hurdzan, who built his career on designing golf courses that sustainably blend into the environment, sees that evolution building. "Early golf courses were extremely environmental," he concluded. "I think the golf courses of 2020 will be a lot more like the golf courses of 1920." Also recognized at the Opening Session were this year's National Championship winners and the 38 members of the 62 GCM April 2013 Golf TV personalities lead General Session You probably have seen them, no doubt heard them, if you have a keen interest in golf. TV talking heads Brandel Chamblee and Tim Rosaforte didn't have clubs in hand, but they certainly came out swinging in their keynote presentation at the GIS General Session, Feb. 7. Rosaforte, who contributes to The Golf Channel and Golf World, opened by poking fun at Chamblee, who is a regular on the Golf Channel. "It's not true that Brandel uses deer antler spray on his hair," Rosaforte said, referring to the substance that has gained attention in recent months. Chamblee, who once was tied after the opening round of the Masters, took a swipe at Stimpmeters. "Find Stimpmeters and blow them up," Chamblee said. "The Stimpmeter is the worst device. There's pressure on golf course superintendents to maintain at 12, 13 … green speeds have gotten insane." The duo answered questions from the audience, including a query about the relationship between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, thought to be cool at best throughout the years. Chamblee said it hasn't changed. "That's Cold War Russia, U.S.A., 1970," Chamblee said. Chamblee drew loud ap- plause when he responded to an often-discussed topic. "The biggest deterrent to growing this game is how long it takes to play golf," he said. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona opened the General Session. Evans likes what is happening when it comes to golf's leaders. "I see more collaboration than ever," Evans said. Mona challenged those in golf to try to make a difference. "Think about how you can infuence our industry," Mona said. "Introduce someone to the game or enthusiastically participate in the game yourself." The Massachusetts miracle The 19th annual GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, took place Feb. 7 at GCSAA's Education Conference in San Diego. Representing 35 schools, 247 students divided into 68 teams took part in the competition. The University of Massachusetts–Amherst turf program capped three years of strong efforts — UMass teams placed third in 2010 and 2012 and second in 2011 — when Team No. 40 (Peter White, Evan Bradstreet, Kevin Shewmaker, Sean Raposa) took frst place, earning $4,000 in prize money. For the frst time in Turf Bowl history, John Deere Golf is also offering members of the

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