Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ Top: Under the banner of the We Are Golf coalition, of which GCSAA is a founding member, the golf industry came together in April for National Golf Day activities on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of We Are Golf Bottom: One of GCSAA's "Storytellers" during National Golf Day was Bob Farren, CGCS (right) from Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, who talks here with a congressional staff member. Photo by Scott Hollister Golf takes the Hill on National Golf Day V v v The Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort has been awarded the 2014 Men's State Team Championship by the USGA. GCSAA Class A member John Parker, director of golf course management, is a 22year member of the association. GCSAA Class A superintendent Brett Fleck is a seven-year member. Also, John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla., landed the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. GCSAA Class A member John Curran is a 19-year member of the association. 20 GCM June 2013 The picturesque surroundings at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., are a long way from the frenetic pace and frayed nerves that permeate the halls of government in Washington D.C. But those stark differences didn't dissuade Zach Bauer, who oversees maintenance at The Broadmoor's West Course, from diving right into the action as a member of GCSAA's Government Relations Committee during National Golf Day activities in April. "I was defnitely a little nervous at frst. Walking into the offce of one of my representatives to talk about what I do and why we need their support is something I obviously had never done before," the 13-year GCSAA member says of the congressional meetings he took part in during his frst experience as a member of the committee. "But once I got in there, I just talked about what I knew. I talked about the local issues facing golf courses in Colorado — disaster tax relief, the H-2B visa program — and then got into some of the broader industry issues. I really felt like there was an interest in what we did and what we were talking about, and felt overall like we got good responses from the people we met with." Bauer's experience in Washington wasn't unique. All told, the GCSAA contingent on hand for National Golf Day — a group that included the GCSAA Board of Directors, select association members and staff — joined fellow We Are Golf (WAG) coalition members (Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association of America and the PGA of America) in meeting with key lawmakers and their staffs. GCSAA members and staff alone accounted for more than 60 individual meetings. Included in those meetings were targeted appointments featuring WAG storytellers — nearly a dozen individuals represent- ing WAG coalition members telling their stories about how golf benefts communities. GCSAA's storytellers were Bob Farren, CGCS at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, and Matt Shaffer, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Their clubs will not only play host to some of the biggest events in golf in the coming years (this month's U.S. Open visits Merion, while Pinehurst plays host to both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in 2014), but also have accumulated impressive environmental accolades. In addition, a WAG-sponsored golf demonstration area in the foyer of the Rayburn House Offce Building featured an extensive course-management display manned by members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS — Jay Nalls, the Class A superintendent at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Md.; Dean Graves, CGCS at the Chevy Chase (Md.) Club; Jon Lobenstine, the Class A director of agronomy at Falls Road Golf Course in Potomac, Md.; Mike Barrett, CGCS at Argyle Country Club in Silver Springs, Md.; and Teddy Blauvelt, the superintendent at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Springs. GCSAA's outreach and advocacy didn't end on National Golf Day, either, as the association played a key role in a tour of the operations at Bethesda (Md.) Country Club by members of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) and select regulators and lawmakers. Part of RISE's spring conference, the tour featured the club's Class A superintendent, Mark Kingora, Graves and Greg Lyman, GCSAA's director, environmental programs, among others, discussing various aspects of Bethesda's daily golf course maintenance activities. — Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief

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