Golf Course Management

OCT 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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front NINE 9 GCSAA: Now, there's an app for that V v v Golf course architect Rees Jones is the recipient of the Don A. Rossi Award presented by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA). The Rossi Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have inspired others by example. Rossi was executive director of the National Golf Foundation and was instrumental in forming the National Golf Course Owners Association. Rossi was executive director of GCBAA from 1984 to 1990. Jones, who has helped remodel seven U.S. Open courses and seven PGA Championship courses as part of his work, will receive the award Feb. 4 in Orlando. 24 GCM October 2013 GCSAA has produced a new mobile app to help members and others stay connected with the national association. The new app consolidates GCSAA's news feeds, social media products, GCSAA TV, GCM, and basic association information from the GCSAA website. In addition, the app has the ability to send notifcations to those who have downloaded the app. It is available for both iPhone and Android users. This is the frst of several mobile products that will be added in the upcoming months. Utilizing information from surveys and feedback from member committees, products will be rolled out to assist members in advancing their careers and assisting them in their jobs. To access the app, visit us/app/gcsaa/id684417885?mt=8 or store/apps/details?id=com.mobileroadie.app_31234&hl=en. GCSAA selects essay, scholarship winners The winners of GCSAA's Student Essay Contest, Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants and Legacy Award program for 2013 were all recently announced. Derek Pruyne, John Parvin and Dan Strey are the winners of the Student Essay Contest. Open to GCSAA members who are undergraduates or graduate students pursuing degrees in turfgrass science, agronomy or any feld related to golf course management, the contest accepts entries with a focus on golf course management. Scholarship funding is provided by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) through the Robert Trent Jones Endowment. Pruyne, a frst-year graduate student at Penn State University, won the frst-place scholarship of $2,000 for his essay "Implications of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on turfgrass systems." Parvin, a senior at Michigan State University, fnished second and earned the $1,500 scholarship with his paper "Golf course management, a stimulating science." Strey, a frst-year graduate student at Iowa State University, claimed the third-place scholarship worth $1,000 for his work "Alternatives to synthetic herbicides." see more @ Judges from the GCSAA Scholarship Committee select winners to receive scholarships, and the frst-place entry may be published or excerpted in GCM. Five college students have been identifed to receive grants through the program established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. Funded by golf course accessory company Par Aide and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), these grants assist children and stepchildren of GCSAA members in funding their education at an accredited college or trade school with a one-time, one-year grant. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay. The recipients are: Kristen Sauer, Providence College, $2,500, daughter of Todd A. Sauer, Class A superintendent at Mount Pleasant Country Club in Boylston, Mass.; Catherine Felicetti, Ithaca College, $2,000, daughter of Joseph F. Felicetti, CGCS, The Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.; Christopher McAvoy, Fordham University, $1,500, son of Thomas O. McAvoy, CGCS, Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.; Samantha Bradley, University of St. Joseph, $1,000, daughter of Gregory Bradley, Class A superintendent, Farmington Woods Country Club in Unionville, Conn.; and Kaci Whitehead, Indiana University-Purdue University, $500, daughter of James B. Whitehead, Maxwelton Golf Course in Syracuse, Ind. GCSAA awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program. To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member. The program is funded by the EIFG and supported by Syngenta Professional Products. Each grant is for $1,500. Awards are presented based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, accepted at such an institution for the next academic year. For a complete list of Legacy Award winners, visit www. Former OTMA winner Campbell dies at 90 William C. Campbell, who received GCSAA's Distinguished Service Award in 1983 and the Old Tom Morris Award in 1991, died Aug. 30. He was 90. Campbell, USGA president in 1982-83, was a standout golfer, winning the 1964 U.S. Amateur at Canterbury Golf Club. He also won U.S. Senior Amateur titles in 1979 and 1980. Campbell, a native of Huntington, W.Va., participated in eight Walker Cups, fnishing 7-0-1 in singles play. In 1956, Campbell received the Bob Jones Award. When he was honored with the Old Tom Morris Award, Campbell told GCM, "It's a lonely and diffcult job (as superintendent). Too often, the golf course superintendent is the fall guy. It's not an easy profession. There are a lot of uncertainties. Superintendents are the unsung heroes of golf."

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