Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 Cleverly done: Olympics superintendent revealed Much was made about the recent 50th anniversary of the frst appearance on U.S. television by four lads from England, best known as the Beatles, who debuted Feb. 9, 1964, on "The Ed Sullivan Show." In more modern times, another Englishman is doing something pretty monumental of his own. Neil Cleverly, a 15-year GCSAA member, was named superintendent for the Olympic golf course that currently is being built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic Games there in 2016 mark the frst time since 1904 that golf is on the Olympics menu. Cleverly told GCM that this was a rare opportunity that was worth taking. "When you put everything together, the uniqueness of it, it's self-explanatory what it means," says Cleverly, pre - viously the superintendent at Riviera Cancun Country Club in Mexico. "But this is not just about the superintendent. I'm just part of the team." Gil Hanse, architect for the Olympic golf course, says Cleverly is quite the team player. "He is doing a great job," Hanse says. Cleverly, 55, has an intriguing background. For 16 years he was part of the British military. "I served Queen and country," he says. He was raised in the London area, served as a caddie and worked on a golf course there. In time, Cleverly landed in America. He was an intern for 18 months more than a decade ago at The Old Colliers Club in Naples, Fla., for Tim Hiers, CGCS. "It was right after 9/11," Hiers says. "Neil is a very intense, inquisitive, driven guy. We were doing a project with brackish water and paspalum, and I assigned him a research project, collecting important data. What he did with it helped us cut out four to fve years of the learning curve. He was just an incredible researcher." The Olympic course at Reserva de Marapendi fea - tures paspalum greens and zoysia fairways. Cleverly, who speaks three languages (English, French and Spanish), is learning Portuguese. There is no need to teach him why golf course management is special. He knows this is the life for him. "My philosophy is if you love what you do for a living, you never really work a day in your life," Cleverly says. Bayer announces Plant Health Academy class Twelve golf course superintendents were chosen for the second annual Bayer CropScience Plant Health Academy. The academy is one of four educational opportunities available to GCSAA member superintendents as part of Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, an initiative Bayer devel - oped in collaboration with the GCSAA's Environmental In- stitute for Golf (EIFG) to advance plant health research and education for superintendents. The class is: Kelly Barker, Santa Rosa (Fla.) Golf & Beach Club; Todd Bohn, Wolf Creek Golf Club, Olathe, Kan.; Brett A. Chapin, The Redding (Conn.) Country Club; Michael J. Dunk, CGCS, The Trophy Club, Lebanon, Ind.; Brian C. Green, Lonnie Poole Golf Course at N.C. State, Raleigh, N.C.; Timothy J. Hahn, Greystone and Shadows Golf Courses, Walworth, N.Y.; Andrew Jorgensen, CGCS, On Top of the World Communities Inc., Ocala, Fla.; Vincent A. Pavonetti, CGCS, Fairview Country Club, Greenwich, Conn.; Heath Puckett, CGCS, Cypress Lakes Golf & Coun - try Club, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Chris Steigelman, CGCS, The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.; Melvin H. Waldron III, CGCS, Horton Smith Golf Course, Springfeld, Mo.; and Robert J. Williams, Stockton (Calif.) Golf & Country Club. The Plant Health Academy's two-part immersive plant health curriculum involves classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., March 3-5; and in-the- feld training at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C., Sept. 24-26. To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer invests a percentage of StressGard For - mulation Technology product sales each year from 2013 to 2015 — a minimum commitment of $300,000 over three years. These funds are also directed toward GCSAA-exe - cuted initiatives that support the mission of EIFG. John Deere sets record frst-quarter earnings Deere & Co. announced net income of $681.1 mil- lion for the frst quarter of 2014 that ended Jan. 31. That total was an increase over the same period in 2013 ($649.7 million). Worldwide net sales and revenues for the frst quarter increased 3 percent to $7.654 billion ($7.421 billion last year at the same time). Net sales of worldwide equipment operations in - creased 2 percent for the quarter. Deere's equipment op- erations reported operating proft of $891 million for the quarter compared with $837 million last year. In agricul - ture and turf, sales increased 2 percent for the quarter due largely to price realization and higher shipment vol - umes, the company reports. Deere's worldwide sales of agriculture and turf equipment are forecast to decrease by about 6 percent for fscal 2014. In the U.S. and Canada, industry sales of turf and utility equipment are expected to be up about 5 percent this year as a result of improved market conditions. TOCA launches Hall of Fame The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) is doing more than just celebrating its 25th anni - versary this year. TOCA announced it is establishing a Hall of Fame to honor those who have "made outstanding contributions to the turf and ornamental industry." For the frst class that is being inducted, nominations were being accepted until March 1. Those selected will be recognized at an awards banquet at the annual TOCA meeting May 8 in New Orle - ans. The recipients of TOCA Distinguished Service Awards will be grandfathered into the Hall of Fame. Those hon - orees are Bob Tracinski, Owen Towne, Margaret Bell and Den Gardner. Also, TOCA is establishing the TOCA Foundation to support TOCA internships and scholarships. Past GCSAA president battling cancer Mike Wallace, CGCS, is a fghter. That type of trait comes in handy these days. In January, Wallace had a four-hour-plus surgery to remove a hyperparathyroid gland that left him with an ex - tremely raspy voice. "My staff loves it because I can't yell," says Wallace, facilities manager at Simsbury Farms Golf Course in Simsbury, Conn. That matter, though, is only half the battle. Wallace Mother Nature Creates the Canvas, GCSAA Members Help to Make it a Work of Art GCSAA members have been managing golf's masterpieces for more than 85 years. Make sure your most valuable asset is under the watchful eye of a GCSAA member, bringing a focus on enjoyment for the golfer, proftability for your facility and responsible stewardship of the environment. To learn more about GCSAA members and what they can do for your facility, visit www.gcsaa.org. GCSAA earns industry honor GCSAA notched a frst place award in the 21st annual ING Industry Honors. The association won the Print Advertise - ment-Trade Publications category for "Work of Art." The complete caption for the ad, which was designed by Kelly Neis, GCSAA's senior manager, creative services, was "Mother Nature Creates the Canvas, GCSAA Members help to make it a Work of Art." GCM Editor-in-Chief Scott Hollister accepted the award on the association's behalf Jan. 23 at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. 020-029_March4_Front9.indd 24 2/18/14 1:42 PM

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