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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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@ gcsaa.org). To learn more about GCSAA's efforts on the local and regional level through its affiliated chapters and field staff program, visit www.gcsaa.org/chapters/default.asp. Southeast Ron Wright, CGCS, a veteran golf course manager whose career has taken him to a variety of golf courses both domestically and internationally, has been named GCSAA's new field staff representative in the Southeast Region. Most recently the director of grounds at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, Wright will return to Mobile, Ala., where he spent 15 years as the director of agronomy at Mobile Country Club. While there, the 23-year GCSAA member served in a variety of roles with the Gulf Coast GCSA, including president. He also served in leadership roles with the South Florida GCSA during superintendent stints at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla., and LaGorce Country Club in Miami Beach, Fla. Wright has been an active GCSAA member since first serving on a national committee in 1998 and is a former chapter delegate. He also has previously served on the USGA Green Section Committee. From his home base in Mobile, Wright will serve GCSAA members in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 28 GCM October 2013 Bill Anderson, CGCS, a past winner of the Carolinas GCSA Distinguished Service Award, recently added another accomplishment to his résumé when he celebrated his 40th year in charge of golf course maintenance at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. The club's director of greens and grounds, Anderson has overseen a handful of renovations to Carmel CC's South and North courses during his tenure — a 1988 remodel of the South Course by Rees Jones, a 1998 renovation of the North Course by Tom Jackson and a complete restoration of the South Course by Jones in 2009-2010. A 40-year member of GCSAA, Anderson has served in numerous leadership roles for the Carolinas GCSA, including a stint as president. He is also a member of the USGA Green Section Committee. Anderson is a former recipient of an Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association and studied turfgrass science at Michigan State University. Southwest Members of the Cactus and Pine GCSA participated in a fundraising golf tournament that generated almost $108,000 for the families of 19 firefighters who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire in late June. The event, which took place at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., was organized by the Southwest PGA Section and assisted by several allied golf organizations. The chapter donated $1,000 to the cause and also volunteered members' time at the tournament. "Our members are honored to provide financial support and volunteer assistance to such a great cause," says Carmella Ruggiero, Cactus and Pine GCSA executive director. "The Granite Mountain Hotshots (all 19 firefighters killed were members of this team) are true heroes and gave their lives to protect the citizens of Arizona. It's terrific to see the allied golf associations come together and contribute to the families of the fallen." Damien Smith, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Gainey Ranch and a member of the Cactus and Pine GCSA, adds, "The association has a long history of helping those in need. We recognize the financial and emotional support that the wives, children and other family members of the fallen need during this difficult time, and our members are glad to step up and assist in any way possible." Funds raised through this tournament will go to the Arizona 100 Club to be distributed to the families of the deceased firefighters.

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