Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Center stage stars Golfng legend Annika Sorenstam and actor/comedian Bill Engvall are the marquee names headlining special events in Orlando at the Golf Industry Show. GIS highlights From top: Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS; Annika Sorenstam, and Bill Engvall Star power will boost the illumination factor to new levels in the Sunshine State when it comes to special events at the GCSAA Education Conference and Trade Show in Orlando. There is no doubt these two know how to perform under the bright lights. Golf icon Annika Sorenstam. Actor and comedian Bill Engvall, who fnished in the fnal four in November on "Dancing with the Stars." These two marquee fgures will surely enlighten the audience for a variety of reasons. First things frst, though. The Opening Night Celebration is slated for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, poolside at the Rosen Center Hotel. Presented in partnership with Syngenta, the complimentary appetizer and cocktail event provides a chance to schmooze, network and reconnect with others in the industry. On Wednesday morning, the Opening Session, also presented in partnership with Syngenta, is set for 8 a.m. The 90-minute program will be hosted by GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, and features Sorenstam, who is receiving the association's highest honor — the 2014 Old Tom Morris Award. What has Sorenstam done? It should be more like what asn't Sorenstam done? Her golfng career is loaded with highlights (NCAA champion at Arizona; only player to shoot 59 in an LPGA event; completed the career Grand Slam). Since stepping away from the tour in 2008, Sorenstam has embarked on multiple endeavors. Her charitable organization, the ANNIKA Foundation, focuses on teaching youths the importance of healthy living by combining proper ftness and nutrition. Sorenstam also has her own line of ladies' apparel, a golf course design business and her own signature wines. Later in the week, Engvall will take center stage for the Closing Celebration, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf and scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia Ballroom. Being on stage is a familiar spot for him. Engvall starred in his own sitcom, "The Bill Engvall Show" ("The Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence played his daughter), which aired from 2007 to 2009 on TBS. Before that, you may have caught him as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour that included Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (their "One for the Road" soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award). More recently, Engvall voiced an animated character for CMT's "Bounty Hunters." Stars of the industry will be honored Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday at the Opening Session, fve different awards will be presented. The Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award recipients are Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Clemson University; and 1991 GCSAA president Stephen G. Cadenelli, CGCS. Superintendent Frank Lamphier, who received the award a year ago but was unable to attend last year's Golf Industry Show in San Diego, is expected to be on site this year to be recognized. Roger Stewart, CGCS, TPC Twin Cities, will receive the President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, and the Leo Feser Award, Excellence in Government Relations Award and GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards will also be presented at the Opening Session. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor 82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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