Golf Course Management

FEB 2014

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28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.14 In the NEWS Tweets RETWEETS collection is to golf historians and to the feld of golf research." McStravick is delighted to have flled a gap in the life of Old Tom Morris, whose name is attached to GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, which is pre - sented annually to an individual for a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, somebody who has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplifed by Old Tom Morris. Golf icon Annika Sorenstam is receiv - ing the honor for 2014. Morris died in 1908. "Old Tom for me was and still is Scotland's greatest golf ambassador," McStravick says. "Not only for his golf - ing skills, being a four-time Open winner and a man who drew crowds in the thousands to watch him play grand matches, but also for all the golf courses that he set out. He was involved in over 70 courses. He remains an inspi - rational fgure today." Marriott Golf establishes stewardship award program Marriott Golf has created a program that it hopes will serve as a benchmark for environmental stewardship across the company's worldwide golf portfolio. The Environmental Sustainability Performance Award (ESPA) Program asks 60 Marriott golf courses at 44 re - sorts in 13 countries to complete the program criteria by the end of 2014, with each facility receiving an ESPA commendation signifying their commitment to environ - mental leadership. "We were the frst resort golf operator to mandate every property in its portfolio to become a Certifed Audu - bon Cooperative Sanctuary," says David H. Robinson, se- nior director of golf grounds, Marriott Golf. "Now, with the ESPA program, we have further positioned Marriott Golf as the industry's premier green golf management organi - zation while reinforcing Marriott International's worldwide commitment to environmental consciousness." The ESPA Program is based on four key achievement criteria, including participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The others are: • Water conservation strategy (each property will develop a written natural resources management plan specifc to their golf course, which will identify best practices and key metrics for reducing irrigation water consump - tion plus completion of an irrigation audit by a certifed golf irrigation auditor) • Carbon footprint planning (completion of Syngenta's EcoMeasures Tool with a goal to reduce year-over-year carbon footprint) • Marriott Golf conservation scorecard (an exclusive evaluation of nearly 100 key conservation standards; a property will need to achieve a pre-determined per - centage of the standards to complete this section, and an annual re-certifcation and update will be required). Woodward begins new post Former GCSAA President and Chief Executive Offcer Mark Woodward, CGCS, is the new senior vice president of operations at OB Sports Golf Management in Scotts - dale, Ariz. Woodward is responsible for further bolstering the support and services provided by OB Sports to its more than 45 golf properties throughout the U.S. Save situation for Montana superintendent Twenty-two year GCSAA Class A member Walt Smith helped save a dog on an icy Montana pond. Read in the Missoulian how Smith came to the rescue for a golden retriever named Pumpkin. http://missoulian.com/news-state-and-regional/ after-dramatic-rescue-from-pond-hamilton- man-warns-of-ice/article_3babb51a-643c-11e3- a039-0019bb2963f4.html Colorado River issues cause concern Serious drought in the Colorado River has recla- mation offcials scrambling and extremely concerned about the region's future, according to a report in The New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/ us/colorado-river-drought-forces-a-painful- reckoning-for-states.html?pagewanted=all& _r=1 Winter? Not here As states such as Minnesota and Missouri suffered through frigid temperatures and nasty snowstorms early this year, golf courses in at least one California town were setting records for play, the Sacramento Bee says. One course in Sacramento actually saw more rounds played in December 2013 than it had in any previous December since 1999. www.sacbee.com/2014/01/07/6054427/ warm-dry-weather-a-hit-for-area.html Restoration plans for venerable Connecticut course Keney Park Golf Course opened in 1927, but will be closed this year for major renovations, according to the Hartford Courant, which reports that greens, fairways and irrigation system are among the issues that will be tackled. www.courant.com/sports/golf/hc-keney-golf- course-to-close-0109-20140108,0,7311096.story Brandon Reese @brandonleereese Using larger turning boards to protect collars and the clean-up pass. Serving purpose nicely to this point. pic.twitter. com/vUCK0wAGVF Jim Myers @jmturf The Plateau Club Turf Dept. Matt and I are spray hawking a few greens today to give them a bit more protection. pic.twitter.com/ wX4nIDsLEx Sam Leatherberry @SamLeather - berry 13 trees down and cleaned up at #1 tee complex today. Rock and orna - mental grasses are gone next. #redo pic.twitter.com/jMZyN7R0Mx Rick Tegtmeier @DMGCCSupt Nate T has been making our new broken tee boxes. Nice dovetailing! They look great. pic.twitter.com/qt6NUlhnKm John Deere @JohnDeere John Deere applied for his frst patent 150 yrs ago #tbt #innovation #johndeerehistory Clay DuBose @ClayHomerun Sign refurbishing work continues this week! Should fnish soon! pic.twitter.com/ MzZGYEVEZq 020-029_Feb14_Front9.indd 28 1/17/14 11:49 AM

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