Golf Course Management

FEB 2014

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.14 411 my graduate students and me to be involved in a number of challenging and productive projects over the course of my career." Dernoeden received his undergraduate and mas - ter's degrees in horticulture at Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Rhode Island. "Dr. Dernoeden's work has infuenced a generation of golf industry professionals," says Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., managing director of the USGA Green Section. "His contributions, from solid research to well-trained graduate students, speaking engagements and work with individual golf courses have taken the game forward in many ways." The USGA Green Section Award has been presented annually since 1961. An up and down 2013 for the golf industry The National Golf Foundation's (NGF) recap of 2013 is a mixed bag. Although its research indicates that rounds played nationally were down 4.4 percent through October, golf - ers actually were playing more rounds later in the season, up 2.7 percent compared with 2012. The report noted that unfavorable weather throughout most of the country in early spring had a major impact on rounds played. Still, the report provided some hope. "In 2013, con - sumer confdence reached a fve-year high, and although this may not have been enough to offset bad weather, it still bodes well for the future," the report stated. Another interesting tidbit: Although golf course clo - sures outpace openings in the U.S., there are 170 new golf facility projects in multiple stages of planning and devel - opment across the country, including 55 now under con- struction. Turf equipment purchased, according to the NGF, has rebounded since bottoming out in 2011 but was down in 2013 compared with 2012. It is evidence, the report states, that golf facilities retain their equipment longer in order to preserve capital. Recent purchase intent, though, has been positive. The frst shop of legend Old Tom Morris recently was discovered through research in Scotland. The image here from 1880 is a view of St. Andrews. The R&A clubhouse is in the center; Old Tom's shop is on the far right. Image repro - duced courtesy of The St. Andrews Preservation Trust New Old Tom Morris information uncovered It appears the location of the frst shop in Scotland be- longing to golf legend Old Tom Morris has been discovered. St. Andrews-area golf history writer Roger McStra- vick was doing research for a book on Morris titled "St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris" when he uncovered information that had been lost for more than a century. McStravick, in an email to GCM, provides insight into how he came across the precious fnd. It began while he was in the University of St. Andrews Special Collection De - partment. An individual approached McStravick with a box titled "St. Andrews Links." "When I opened it, I truly couldn't believe what I saw," McStravick says. "It was the original receipts for the pay - ment to builders to lay the frst brickwork at the Swilcan Burn. It was the receipts for the payment to carters to take rubbish from the town down to dump beside the very nar - row fairway that is the 18th today of the Old Course. "In addition to these items were a plethora of precogni - tion statements taken at the time of the so-called Road Wars in St. Andrews, when they were debating whether to have a road outside what is still today the Old Tom Morris shop." Those statements came from people such as Morris and John Whyte Melville, considered the father of the R&A. "In his statement, Tom actually says he built his own shop," McStravick says. "The statements from others also say where Tom's shop was and who owned it next. Tom's frst little shop was where 15 The Links is today." Dr. Anthony Parker, curator of the Golf Collection at The University of St. Andrews, says: "We are all very ex - cited by this fnd. The University has a vast golf collection going back centuries, and this news of Tom Morris' frst shop is very likely to be the frst of many new fndings to come out of the collection." Morris' great-granddaughter, Sheila Walker, says: "Roger is to be commended for his work, and impor - tantly, this highlights just how essential the University's golf 020-029_Feb14_Front9.indd 26 1/17/14 11:49 AM

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