Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org fces, even though there are times he feels like he just might belong. "For an hour and a half, you can start to think you're a pro for that time," Bodington says. "There have been some times when I came off the ice that I felt like I could probably play with them. Then I came to the realization my game was just on that day." Come U.S. Women's Open time, Bodington plans to be on his game for the entire week. "To be part of a team that brought this all together, it's going to be a lot of fun," Bodington says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Rounds 4 Research auctions on the horizon Scenic Sebonack GC is the site of this month's U.S. Women's Open. Photo courtesy of Laurence Lambrecht V v v Stan George, CGCS, who oversaw the U.S. Women's Open in 2002, died April 27. George, 57, was the superintendent for 30 years at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. He is among those who have been nominated for induction into the Kansas Golf Association Hall of Fame for the 2014 class. 24 GCM June 2013 Pucks and putts on Long Island As an emergency goaltender for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL), Garret Bodington has personal experience of what the real thing is like on ice. "I had a brand new glove that lasted two practices," says Bodington, who credits former Islanders' defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron with the wicked slap shot that softened, and ultimately ruined, his glove. "For me, it's a nice escape from work." This month, Bodington's full-time profession pretty much ensures there is no escape. There is no doubt, either, that his work will be on display for the whole world to see. Bodington, 40, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., site of a pretty enormous event that occurs later this month. The U.S. Women's Open is set for June 27-30 at Sebonack, which opened only seven years ago. Bodington has been at Sebonack since it broke ground, so it's no wonder he is proud and enthusiastic. In 2006, Golf Magazine named Sebonack the best new private course. No way, though, that Bodington is a rookie at this major championship thing. After he graduated from Rhode Island (yes, he played hockey there), Bodington went to work at Desert Mountain, and that year, Jack Nicklaus won his last Champions Tour event (The Tradition) in 1996. Bodington later worked on the bunker crew at Augusta National Golf Club, including 1997, when Tiger Woods recorded his frst Masters victory. Later that year, Bodington went to work as an assistant at Bethpage State Park Golf Courses in Long Island, N.Y., and he became the superintendent two years later, in plenty of time to be in charge at the Black Course in 2002, when Woods won the U.S. Open there. "I view preparing for this event the same way we did for the men," says Bodington, who oversees 52 acres of fairways, including No. 3, which he says is 100 yards wide. "The defense of our course is the greens." A former hockey teammate of Bodington's who played minor league hockey told him he made a wise career choice by becoming a superintendent rather than traveling to small towns to play hockey, hoping one day for a shot at the NHL, a dream that often goes unanswered. Instead, Bodington fnds working out with the Islanders suf- It's that time again: Rounds 4 Research is about to launch its frst auction of 2013. Rounds 4 Research is aimed at generating resources to fund research and help ensure golf's future. Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or offer stayand-play packages and other items that will be auctioned online to generate funds for turfgrass research. Rounds 4 Research, administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) and presented in partnership with The Toro Co., has its frst auction this year June 6-16. GCSAA's 100 affliated chapters, as well as local turfgrass foundations and other supporting industry partners (such as the PGA of America and Club Managers Association of America), have the opportunity to solicit donated rounds. The EIFG will then distribute monies back to the participating organizations to fund research in their local areas. In July 2012, Rounds 4 Research raised more than $28,000 for turfgrass research. The second auction this year is scheduled Aug. 1-11. For information, go to http://www.rounds4research.com. Course saved from major food The 17th fairway at Grand Forks Country Club in Grand Forks, N.D., shows evidence of scattered debris, never a good sign when it appears something is amiss. It could have been worse. Fortunately for 12-year GCSAA superintendent member Sam Reznicek — and others who oversee golf courses in regions that encountered foods or near foods this spring — the prognosticators were wrong for the region that matters the most to him. After an initial prediction by experts that the adjacent Red River would crest at 46 feet as April turned into May, Reznicek was relieved that their target number missed the mark. Instead, the river crested just shy of 41 feet. Five weeks ago, Reznicek said, the prediction was for 50 feet. No wonder, then, that he took precautions, including the removal of four irrigation satellites from the golf course and a complete disassembly of electronics in the pump station because water enters the building at 44 feet. Oh, and the clubhouse, which takes in water at 46 feet, was protected by a dike that was built around it just in case. Ultimately, this was a cautionary tale of favoring the side of preparation, probably a good idea when trying to guess what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

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