Golf Course Management

SEP 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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FIELD reports Northwest Southwest Central Plains Great Lakes South Central Southeast Florida Northeast Mid-Atlantic Editor's note: Field Reports highlights news, notes and information from the front lines of the golf course management industry. To submit items for Field Reports, send them to editor-in-chief Scott Hollister (shollister@ To learn more about GCSAA's efforts on the local and regional level through its affiliated chapters and field staff program, visit Southeast Members of the golf course management industry in the state of Georgia and John Deere recently teamed up to give youngsters from The First Tee of Atlanta an inside look into potential careers in the golf industry. Mike Crawford, CGCS at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth and a member of the Georgia GCSA board of directors, hosted 24 members of the local First Tee chapter for a day-long course and maintenance facility tour, all as a part of the new Careers On Course program that is a part of Deere's $1 million commitment to the First Tee. Stops along the tour included information on greens management, plant protection, water management, golf and the environment, turfgrasses and equipment. Assisting in the event were TPC Sugarloaf assistant superintendent Andrew Saft; Ralph Kepple, CGCS at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta; staff members of local John Deere distributor Greenville Turf and Tractor; and Clint Waltz from the University of Georgia. "Hopefully, we helped open some eyes for these kids about future career paths they might follow in golf," Crawford says. "Some of the kids were very, very engaged and their questions were outstanding. They showed a genuine interest in the industry, not just the game." 28 GCM September 2013 Nine students have received 2013 Georgia GCSA Legacy Scholarships, the chapter recently announced. The scholarships offer aid to children and grandchildren of chapter members, and total $5,250 this year. This year's top winner was Addison Esoda, daughter of Mark Esoda, CGCS at Atlanta Country Club in Marietta. Other winners included: Amanda Martin, the daughter of Mike Martin from Hampton Golf Village in Cumming; Jeania Alford, the daughter of Jerry Matthews, CGCS at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell; Ann Drinkard, the daughter of James Drinkard from Athens Country Club; Morgan Kepple, the daughter of Ralph Kepple, CGCS at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta; Sydney Marshall, the daughter of Kyle Marshall from Capital City Club in Woodstock; Hallie Murray, the granddaughter of Buzz Howell; Lindsey Womac, the granddaughter of Bill Womac, CGCS; and Ariel Edwards, the daughter of Jason Edward from E&E Golf Management. Central Plains The Siouxland District of the Iowa GCSA conducted its annual scholarship tournament in late July at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City, Iowa, raising money to fund scholarships that have been awarded to area students interested in a turfgrass career. In addition, the district funds a legacy scholarship for the children of member superintendents not enrolled in a turf-related program and also received a donation of $3,800 for the Paul Morin Memorial Scholarship. Traditionally, the district hands out between $1,500 and $2,500 annually. This year's event attracted almost 60 participants, who also contributed money to a fund to help out two area superintendents who had been diagnosed with cancer. The district presented checks for $500 to both Doug Schultz from Willow Creek Golf Course in LeMars, Iowa, and Aaron Nedved from Holstein (Iowa) Town and Country Club. Northeast Two familiar faces from the golf course management industry will be honored with induction into the Western Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame this year. Golf course superintendent Jackie Mattson and Joseph Troll, Ph.D., are among five individuals who were selected to be a part of the seventh class of inductees into the hall of fame. Mattson served as the superintendent at the Country Club of Wilbraham (Mass.) for 37 years and also enjoyed an accomplished playing career as a junior golfer in the area. Troll established himself as one of the most renowned turfgrass researchers in the nation through his work at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. The school's turfgrass research center is named after him, he was a 1983 recipient of GCSAA's Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award and received the USGA Green Section Award in 1991.

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