Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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INDIANA Matthew Dudley, Student, West Lafayette (In the field) South Central Brian Cloud In October, attendees at the GCSA of Arkansas annual meeting were treated to an informative talk and demonstration on basic water auditing techniques and methods by Jason Cook, CID (Certified Irrigation Designer), CLIA (Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor). The highlight of the presentation was an on-course audit demonstration on the ninth green at Fayetteville Country Club. Members measured a grid and placed catch can devices on 10-foot centers across the entire surface of the green. All four sprinkler heads that irrigate the green were operated for 10 minutes. The water collected during the run time was then precisely measured and analyzed to determine the distribution uniformity for the system. From these calculations, management decisions and system modifications can be considered to better utilize the system and apply water as precisely as possible. Issues with factors such as station run time, cycle scheduling, nozzle selection, head spacing and many others can be identified and addressed with routine water audits. Members in attendance were very enthusiastic about the demonstration and are now prepared to initiate a water audit at their home courses. Mid-Atlantic Chase Rogan In late October, I had the opportunity to spend a day on Capitol Hill with four superintendents; Chava McKeel, GCSAA's associate director of government relations; and the association's Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist, Bob Hellend. Through the course of the day, we visited the staffs of three senators and two congressmen, met with one congressman directly and the chief of staff for the House Immigration Committee. The purpose of these visits was to advocate about the importance of H-2B work visas in the golf industry. The four superintendents in attendance all shared a similar message — that these work visas are important for the sustainability of their businesses. One superintendent in particular, Ken Flisek of The Club at Nevillewood in Pittsburgh, Pa., shared that his club is the largest employer in the township. That's a lot of jobs. That's a lot of economic impact. If the H-2B wage requirements are altered, that could mean laying off American employees, cutting benefits or not offering raises. We don't know what will happen with the H-2B laws in the upcoming months; only time will tell. But we did our part. We went, we advocated, we shared our message, and now it is up to them. All we can do is continue to do our part, continue to advocate, and hope that our message is coming across as effectively, strongly, and efficiently as possible. After all, if we don't stand up for ourselves, who will? For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visist www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions.aspx. 174 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 IOWA Jordan J. Kapple, Class C, West Des Moines Jake M. Newman, Class C, West Des Moines KANSAS Nathan A. Ratzlaff, Supt. Mbr., Junction City Jason P. Robert, Class C, Leawood MARYLAND LaJan Barnes, Affliate Co. Rep., Wheaton Kenneth M. Doerfler, Class C, Laurel MASSACHUSETTS Matthew J. Bamforth, Class C, Concord Chris O'Brien Phillips, Class C, Concord MICHIGAN Andrew J. Christesen, Student, Brimley Michael McKeel, Student, Brimley Michael P. Rabe, Student, Brimley Phillip G. Sutter, Student, Brimley MINNESOTA Brian R. Lein, Associate, Plymouth MISSOURI Rockney M. Dollarhide, Class C, Eureka MONTANA Donald C. Crocker, Supt. Mbr., Ballwin NEBRASKA Jacob W. Fuehrer, Student, Lincoln NEW JERSEY Stephen J. Cash, Student, New Brunswick Robert J. Frulla III, Student, New Brunswick Bryan A. Iovino, Class C, Morristown Grant Platz, Affliate Co. Rep, Cranbury Renaldo Rolle, Student, New Brunswick NEW YORK Jim Biordi, Supt. Mbr., Hopewell Junction NORTH CAROLINA Kyle L. Gentry, Student, Jamestown Josh P. Krigbaum, Class C, Mill Spring Ryan D. McClannon, Supt. Mbr., Charlotte Jonathan Stephens, Class C, Raleigh

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