Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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The Turf Science Academy at Long Island in Dongguan, China, was attended by more than 120 people. Photo by Eric Boedecker Shatto Dockstader GCSAA adds executive leaders GCSAA's two newest executives began their roles this month. Matt Shatto is the new chief operating offcer. Shatto most recently served as city administrator for the city of North Kansas City, Mo. He also has had success in the private sector with the development of his family's dairy business (Shatto Milk Co.) into a multi-million dollar organization. Shatto is focusing on the execution and delivery of member programs and services with focus on areas such as technology solutions, enhanced professional development and advocacy. GCSAA also created a new executive-level position — chief business development offcer — and hired J.D. Dockstader to fll that role. He will focus on enhancing the association's revenue generation and brand awareness efforts as they relate specifically to areas such as international initiatives, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the Golf Industry Show, and new partnerships and business opportunities. Dockstader has more than 17 years of experience in strategic business development, most recently serving as director of commercial facilities for the city of Mesa, Ariz. "We are very excited to welcome Matt and J.D. to the GCSAA staff," says Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. "The addition of these two experienced professionals gives us the opportunity to create an alignment that better enables us to expand into areas of signifcant opportunity and help us implement our strategic priorities." 24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 GCSAA gets down to business in China Before the end of 2013, GCSAA participated in multiple facets of a major event on another continent. At the Asia Golf Show in Shenzhen, China, the featured speaker on the frst day of the GCSAA education program was Xi Xiong, Ph.D., who was having a homecoming of sorts. Xiong, a native of Sichuan Province, is an assistant professor in the University of Missouri's division of plant sciences. Hal Phillips, managing director of golf and resorts, Mandarin Media, was on hand to speak with Xiong. In order to deliver her 2½-hour seminar "Soil management for turfgrass — the root of problems and opportunity," she was obliged to leave the U.S. before Thanksgiving. Xiong was too busy at the golf show to make it home to Sichuan. "I couldn't get there on this trip, but I did make it home to Sichuan for a visit back in July, and I have some family coming to visit me here," Xiong told Phillips. "I left China in 2002, and speaking here was the frst time I could really do something for the Chinese people in my profession. That's very meaningful, so I couldn't miss it." Phillips reports that Xiong concentrated on weed management and soil water repellency, which is responsible for localized dry spot, a common problem for sand-based putting greens. She discussed the impact of nutrient status, pH and water availability on turfgrass root and shoot growth, in addition to strategies for dealing with nutrient defciencies and soil-borne diseases. Those who attended both days of the GCSAA education program earned a certifcate of completion, in addition to GCSAA education points applicable to a wide range of industry-recognized certifcation programs. GCSAA directed the agronomic education program on behalf of show organizer Reed Guanghe Exhibitions. In addition to Xiong, Bruce Williams, CGCS, presented "High performance golf course management," a detailed discussion of effective staff hiring, staff training, budgeting and long-range planning. Also, the 2013 Turf Science Academy, presented in partnership with Jacobsen, was held at Long Island Golf and Country Club in Changan Town in Dongguan. It provided attendees with an in-depth look at the newest innovations in golf course management. Attendance at this event exceeded the 120 mark, nearly twice as many as took part in last year's Turf Science Academy. Crop Science Society honors graduate students At the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in November, the Turfgrass Science division of the society (also known as C5) honored graduate students for their scientifc research, which had been presented at the meeting as a poster or an oral presentation. The graduate students' work is evaluated by turfgrass scientists, and the awards are funded by GCSAA, the Turfgrass Science division, the Turfgrass Breeders Association and the C5 Industry Committee. The top winners in each category for 2013 are listed below. • GCSAA oral presentation: Paul R. Giordano, Michigan State; A new host for an old pathogen: Describing the genetic relationships among Acidovorax spp. from different plant hosts • GCSAA poster: Zane Raudenbush, Kansas State University; The impact of nitrogen source and spray volume on the colonization of silvery thread moss • C5 oral presentation: Joseph A. Roberts, North Carolina State University; Biostimulant and plant growth regulator effects on etiolation of creeping bentgrass putting green turf • C5 poster: Giordano, Michigan State; Exploring symptomology and disease development of bacterial etiolation and decline • Turfgrass Breeders Association oral presentation: Renee Rioux, University of Wisconsin; Culture-based and mo-

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