Golf Course Management

FEB 2014

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.14 Corp spent 80 percent of Mountain Ridge's chemical and fertilizer budget on organic-based fungicide and fertility applications. Photo by Chad Corp also overseeded with fescues to alleviate stress, the creeping bentgrass-Poa annua greens were overseeded with the less thirsty creeping bent - grass, and the bentgrass tees were reseeded with a bentgrass-perennial ryegrass mix, which also promoted faster recovery. Moisture meters on greens and fairways prevent over - watering, and injecting "a small amount" of wetting agent (about 6 gallons per cycle) into the irrigation system in summer has reduced irrigation by about 50,000 gallons per cycle. Crystal Mountain is striving to become a zero-waste facility, and Corp helped start a recycling program at the resort and began composting to decrease landfll input and chemical costs on the course. The club's 2012 Women's Open was a waste-free event, as was the Beer and Brat festival, which hosted about 5,000. Corp was co-chair of the Green Team at the resort, which was one of two fnalists for "Recycler of the Year" for Michigan industry. An Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, Corp has followed the admoni - tion of the Boy Scout's founder, Lord Baden- Powell: "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it." Through his efforts, fve golf courses have been certifed by Audubon International and two, including Mountain Ridge, have been certifed by the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Pro - gram. An eight-year member of GCSAA, Corp serves on the GCSAA Research Pro - posal Review Committee and is a member of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and the Michigan GCSA, where he serves on the membership committee. He is also one of 12 superintendents selected to participate in Bayer's Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy. Corp clearly sees being a superintendent as more than a job. Echoing Lord Baden-Powell, he says, "I feel this is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in the environment for today and tomorrow." International and Chapter Andrew Hardy Pheasant Run Golf Club By now, it's common knowledge that pes- ticide use has been strictly curtailed in Can- ada, and golf courses are not exempt from the restrictions. It's also well known that neces - sity is the mother of invention, so it should not be a surprise that the international ELGA honors a superintendent in Sharon, Ontario. At Pheasant Run Golf Club, a family- owned and operated public facility 35 miles north of Toronto, superintendent Andrew Hardy has more than embraced the integrated pest management (IPM) law that has been in force since 2009. An early adopter, Pheasant Run was following IPM practices before they An enthusiastic recycler, Chad B. Corp, CGCS, helped start an extensive recycling program at Mountain Ridge. Photo by Sherry Hanson-Corp 068-083_Feb14_ELGAs.indd 78 1/17/14 11:44 AM

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