Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Meet the candidates For President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, has been the director of grounds maintenance at the Country Club of Little Rock (Ark.) since 2005. Previously, he served as the superintendent at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Pine Forest Country Club in Houston; Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club in Humble, Texas; and Golf Crest Country Club in Pearland, Texas. He has a bachelor's degree in turfgrass science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A 33-year member of GCSAA who was frst certifed in 1987, Ihms has served on GCSAA's board of directors since 2007. He is currently the chairman of the Tournament and Conference Committee and vice chairman of the Certifcation Committee. Ihms is a member of the Arkansas GCSA and is a past president of the Lone Star GCSA, North Texas GCSA and South Texas GCSA. He is also a former president of the Texas Turfgrass Association. Statement Candidates I am extremely honored to be nominated for the offce of president of GCSAA and wish to thank the Arkansas Chapter for their confdence and support in my leadership role. My service the past seven years has been very rewarding, and I appreciate the trust the GCSAA membership has placed in me. During these years my desire to serve at this level has strengthened, and I believe my experience has prepared me well to serve as GCSAA president. Your association continues to meet the many challenges presented during these diffcult economic times. Through the hard work of our members, staff, committees and board, the status of the golf course superintendent continues to elevate, and they are recognized as the leading factor to golfers' enjoyment of the game and the success of the facility. There is still much to be accomplished, and your association will continue to move forward. The board is focusing on a vision for 2020. What will the professional superintendent look like in 2020 and how will GCSAA assist its members in meeting their needs? As we become a more global organization, new and better utilization of technology will be critical. Due to economic restraints, this association will need to become more focused on the tools and programs needed for superintendents to remain successful. We must do a better job of communicating with each other and to our employers and customers as well. In addition we must continue our work toward strengthening relationships with allied associations such as the PGA of America, USGA and Club Managers Association of America. This will allow for better utilization of funds in developing educational programs, funding research, strengthening our industry voice in the arena of public policy, advocacy efforts and growing the game. GCSAA and the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) have already begun working on developing funding avenues through the development of Rounds4Research and the recently released EIFG Facility Membership programs. These programs are focused on supporting research, advocacy, education and scholarships. It remains critical that GCSAA continue to work with various regulatory agencies along with local, state and national governments to protect the superintendent's interest and ensure that the necessary tools remain available to economically maintain our facilities while preserving the environment in the world in which we live and work. GCSAA has an excellent staff to assist us through the pitfalls of government regulations, and we will remain active at the national level with National Golf Day and our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. It is my belief that success in this area begins with our members' efforts at the grass roots level. This is an area our feld staff can and will help local superintendents and chapters accomplish. I envision GCSAA continuing to be a global leader in the golf industry. We will continue to provide the "gold standard" in education. This education and GCSAA's brand are sought and recognized throughout the world. The recognition of our professional members as keys to the success of the facility and enjoyment of the game continues to rise. We have strengthened our ties and recognition within the community of our allied associations as we work together to grow the game. Our infuence as stewards of the land through our ongoing efforts towards environment sustainability continues to gain traction. Yes, times are challenging, but challenges lead to opportunities. I am committed to helping lead the association forward as we rise to the challenges and grab the opportunities placed before us. 116 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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