Golf Course Management

APR 2014

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University of Missouri, Dr. William Daniel Founders Award; and Willis "Bucky" Trotter , Sports Facilities Insights LLC, Harry C. Gill Founders Award. The Olds College turfgrass manage- ment program announced it is undergoing a major overhaul, with the needs of both students and industry as the driving force behind the changes. The traditional model for teaching this program included the standard schedule of two semesters per year, but this type of schedule wasn't working, the school says. The result? A new program that offers 15 weeks of training in the classroom, which began in January, followed up by a full season of working for a variety of golf courses, receiving hands-on experience, and using what they learned in the feld. "By having our residency begin in January, our students are not in the classroom during their work season," says Ian Morrow of the Olds College turfgrass program. "They will do all on-campus learning before they are needed by employers on the golf course. Students can make money for the entire season, and employers can hire students who are being trained for a career, not just a summer or seasonal job." American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) con- cludes that the golf industry is improving. They weighed in during a February news conference at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, noting that architects and others see increasing activity by golf course devel- opers and decision-makers, many of whom believe it is now a good time to act on projects or at least begin to plan for them. "In North America, many courses and clubs have strengthened their balance sheets and are playing catch-up on capital investments that were put off several years ago," says ASGCA President Rick Robbins. "They're looking at how they can address irrigation, drainage, turf and other issues and simply adapt to a golfng public that has changed a great deal." ASGCA's Robert McNeil says, "Municipal decision-makers are looking to improve cash fow and increase rounds. Many are looking at various forms of reno- vation. They also know that golf courses can be part of the solution as they address issues like stormwater management and other water issues." Nine superintendent associations from as far away as Pennsylvania competed in the second annual Nor'Easter Cup at Killington Ski Resort in Killington, Vt., in Jan- uary. Golf course superintendents, industry representatives and their families gathered for the day, which included a skiing com- petition. The team from Vermont won the Nor'Easter Cup, edging the Northeastern Association of New York. Top honors went to: Eric McGuire , NEGCSA, fastest male skier; Lea Cure , NEGCSA, fastest female skier; Jesse Shannon , METGCSA, fastest male snowboarder; and Nicole Krieger , VTGCSA, fastest female snowboarder. The event also raised $2,500 to support superintendent Jason Van Buskirk of Stow (Mass.) Acres Country Club, whose wife, Gloria, was in an induced coma due to an unexplained illness that was causing seizures. The Country Club of Bristol (Tenn.) selected KemperSports for management services. The Country Club was established in 1894 as a private club. The golf course was constructed in 1958 by A.G. McKay and redesigned in 1999 by the Mark McCumber design group. Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design honored its past affliation with Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Course Design when it accepted the 2013 Course Design Firm of the Year from Boardroom Magazine. "As the recipient of this year's award, it is with pride that we acknowledge Hurdzan/Fry. During the time we worked with Dr. Michael Hurdzan in designing golf courses around the world, his leadership and vision in our collabora- tion resulted in numerous environmentally sensitive projects that will stand the test of time," Fry says. Fry and Straka spent years as part of Hurdzan/Fry. In 2012, Hurdzan and his son Chris formed Hurdzan Golf LLC. "Mike was my mentor through my collegiate training and for much of my professional career," Straka says. "It was an honor to have spent so many fulflling years working for him." Ewing Irrigation had more than 700 employees from 25 states compete in the 2014 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 19. The large turnout earned Ewing Irrigation frst place in the Rock Corporate Challenge Corporate Large Division. "We encourage ftness as health care costs continue to rise, and to create healthier and happier employees," says Ewing President Doug York. Team Ewing raised $50,000 for Autism Speaks. Submit items for "Industry News" to 108-111_April14_IndustryNews.indd 111 3/18/14 2:57 PM

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