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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Academy leaders branch out Photo by Roger Billings The inaugural class of GCSAA members in the Melrose Leadership Academy departed the Golf Industry Show with every intention of establishing themselves as leaders. They even have a strategy to prove it. "They gathered as a group and decided they want to help grow this academy by starting an alumni association and they will contribute to it," said Mischia Wright, senior manager of the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. Seventeen GCSAA Class A and superintendent members earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the show in San Diego through an application process that was based on fnancial need, geographic diversity, facility size and progression toward GCSAA Class A membership status. The academy offers education specifc to risk management (health, safety, environmental compliance), operational effciency, business and environmental stewardship. Ken Melrose, former CEO and chairman of The Toro Co., donated $1 million to EIFG, and part of that donation was used to launch the Melrose Leadership Academy. Wright said that the initiative this frst class is showing would make its namesake proud. "That sends a huge message to Ken, that it's not just about his donation, that they see the value in this program, that they want to pay it forward," Wright said. Melrose Leadership Academy members experienced a wide range of events at the Golf Industry Show. They attended education classes, walked the trade show foor and attended a variety of other events such as the USGA Green Section Session. Those who were selected to participate were: Russell A. Appel Jr., Briggs Wood Golf Course, Webster City, Iowa; Rick A. Barstow, Shaker Run Golf Club, Lebanon, Ohio; Marshall N. Brown, Link Hills Country Club, Greeneville, Tenn.; Joseph J. Ettawageshik, Lochen Heath Golf Club, Williamsburg, Mich.; Christopher E. Johnson, Legacy Ridge Golf Course, Westminster, Colo.; David L. Johnson Jr., Kirkwood National Golf Club, Holly Springs, Miss.; Casey Kreuger, Yakima Elks Golf &Country Club, Selah, Wash.; Michael League, Meadowlake Golf Course, Enid, Okla.; Eli McGallian, Sandpines Golf Links Resort, Florence, Ore.; Douglas H. Palm, CGCS, Cattails Golf Club, South Lyon, Mich.; John J. Parker, Scenic Woods Golf &Country Club, Hannon, Ontario, Canada; Matthew Powell, Sycamore Golf Club, Ashland City, Tenn.; Jeffrey L. Seeman, Calverton Links, Calverton, N.Y.; Earl Snowden, The Golf Club at Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Taylor, Riverside Course at Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.; Jeffrey L. Travis, Cleveland Country Club, Cleveland, Tenn.; and Chris Wiedenmeyer, Forest Hills Resort, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 68 GCM April 2013

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