Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 Northwest David Phipps Of all the things that you did as a young- ster in school, what do you remember the most? For me it was the field trips. Whether it was the trip to the Nabisco factory in first grade or the trip to the "Or - egon Outback" in seventh grade, each of those made an indelible mark in my mind. This is the mission of the First Green Foundation, to provide an outdoor learn - ing experience for young children on a golf course that will be remembered for years to come. Using the golf course as a laboratory, the First Green Foundation utilizes a STEM (science, technology, en - gineering and mathematics) learning curriculum. The First Green Foundation will help golf course superintendents connect with local teachers and provide their golf courses as outdoor laboratories. The USGA, in partnership with Chevron, just awarded the First Green Foundation a $155,750 grant to expand the program into Southern California and continue into Oregon and Northern California. If ever a program has targeted advocacy for the game of golf, the First Green fits the bill. It teaches students the benefits that golf provides to the environment and community. This enables superintendents to promote the game by way of dispelling myths as well as growing the game. Giving the children an introduction to golf at an early age will no doubt pay dividends down the road as we need to add more golfers to the sport. Please consider hosting your own field trip. If you have any questions, I am always available to help. You can contact me at: You can also visit the First Green website, Southwest Jeff Jensen Bill Rohret, CGCS, a former golf course superintendent and now a spray technician at Highland Falls Golf Club in Las Vegas, and his wife, Dian, recently received the 2013 Citi - zens of the Year Award from the Southern Nevada Chapter PGA for their volunteer efforts with Special Olympics Nevada. The Citizens of the Year Award is given annually by the chapter to those who provide exemplary efforts within their community. Rohret, a 37-year life member of GCSAA, and his wife started volunteering with Special Olympics Nevada in 2001 after their children, James and Nicole, left for college, leaving the two as empty nest - ers. The couple coach a number of sports, including basketball, golf and track, to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. "I have had the opportunity to work with some great PGA professionals during my career, and to be recognized by the Southern Nevada chapter is truly humbling," Rohret said. "Working with Special Olympics athletes has changed my life, and I look forward to assisting the organization in the future." For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit community/regions.aspx. (In the field) March 6 — Spring Education in conjunction with sustainable urban landscape conference at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, Calif. Phone: 760-845-7045 Website: March 12 — 30th Annual Forum, Naperville (Ill.) Country Club Phone: 630-243-7900 Email: Website: March 13-17 — USGA/GCSANC Regional Conference, Diablo (Calif.) Country Club Phone: 559-298-6262 Email: Website: March 18 — Central Texas GCSA Turf Show, Olympia Hills, Universal City, Texas Phone: 512-507-8233 Website: March 25 — USGA Golf Summit of Oregon, Waverley Country Club, Portland Phone: 877-375-1330 Website: March 27 — South Florida GCSA Expo, Fort Lauderdale Phone: 800-732-6053 Website: March 31-April 1 — Affordable Golf Symposium, Dairy Creek GC, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Phone: 559-298-6262 Email: Website: April 1-5 — Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop, Apopka, Fla. Phone: 407-886-3939 Email: Website: April 22 — Mini Field Day, University of Tennessee Research Center, Knoxville Website: May 1 — Intermountain GCSA Spring Event sponsored by RTM Phone: 801-282-5274 Website: May 7 — University of Arizona Karsten Field Day, Karsten Turf Facility, 104-115_March14_Departments.indd 108 2/18/14 1:48 PM

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