Golf Course Management

APR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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116 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 South Central Brian Cloud Kudos to the Oklahoma GCSA for try- ing something new again (last year, the chapter held a bowling event headlined by GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and earlier this year, an education event that featured a Texas HoldEm Poker tournament — all for bragging rights, of course). This February's event was held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Activities for the day included a tour of the OSU football practice facilities, baseball and softball stadiums and — the crowning touch — a tour of Boone Pick - ens Stadium, including the football team facilities within the stadium. Chapter leadership believes that providing these types of opportunities has sparked an inter - est among members, and participation will increase. OKGCSA President Jared Wooten is a proud OSU alumnus and was all too happy to schedule the event during a time of the year when golf is usually "iffy," but members are still looking for networking opportunities. I really think all chapters would benefit from following the OKGCSA's lead by trying new venues and formats for their meetings. As a group, superintendents usually have similar outside interests and hobbies, so it's not hard to find something that will appeal to most of your members. This meeting was low-cost and, therefore, a low-risk op - portunity for the chapter to consider. I think the attendees enjoyed the day and probably learned something useful they can implement on their courses. Touch base with the great folks in Oklahoma for more information and insight. Great Lakes John Miller, CGCS Here in the Great Lakes region some of us are finally seeing turf again. This has been one of the harshest winters we have seen in quite some time. Heavy snows, wind and extremely cold temperatures have been with us since November, and while we are having a quick thaw, more cold is on the way. Now that we are seeing peeks of sun and warmth, I am sure your golfers are getting anxious to be out on the golf course. It is this time of year that superintendents have to make those tough decisions, such as whether the golf course should be closed. At these times, it is important for superintendents to be great communicators and back up that communication with information. This information comes in the form of articles written by the experts, and GCSAA can help you get your hands on those articles. One of the benefits of being a GCSAA member is the access you have to the Turfgrass Information Files (TGIF) housed at Michigan State University. The university staff has taken all of the articles ever written about turf and digitized them. Once you are on the TGIF site, just type in the topic you want to research, such as winter golf or freeze thaw damage, and you will get a list of articles available about those topics. TGIF can be accessed in the Course section of the GCSAA website at For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit community/regions.aspx. (In the field) Email: Website: NEW MEMBERS ALABAMA Matthew P. Farmer, Class C, Birmingham ARKANSAS Austin M. Brown, Student, Fayetteville CALIFORNIA David S. Chandler, Class C, Hidden Valley Lake Cody R. Chavez, Student, Pomona Oscar DelReal, Student, Pomona Tyler Harvey, Student, Pomona Joshua G. Martin, Class C, Fresno Adam J. Mason, Student, Pomona Andrew E. Salas, Class C, Indian Wells Luellen Swayzer, Student, Pomona Anthony Vazquez Perez, Student, Pomona Lucio A. Zepeda, Student, Pomona COLORADO Will A. Sechrist, Class C, Castle Rock CONNECTICUT John J. Miele, Associate, Redding Alex Simpson, Class C, Sharon DELAWARE Shane Sullivan, Class C, Long Neck FLORIDA Travis Addison, Class C, Davenport Scott R. Austin, Supt. Mbr., Englewood Garrett S. Buckles, Student, Lake City Dustin C. Carlton, Student, Vero Beach Hutson E. Carter II, Student, Lake City Travis M. Cook, Student, Lake City William Crow, Ph.D., Educator, Citra Ren Deagle, Associate, Stuart John T. Gold, Supt. Mbr., Weeki Wachee Dustin S. Hannah, Student, Lake City Ryan N. Harkins, Class C, Tampa Gavin W. Hess, Class C, Naples Tyler K. Jenkins, Student, Vero Beach Rick Kerr, Student, Ocala Corey Lenahan, Class C, Naples Cole McNally, Student, Lake City Santos Medina, Associate, Naples Zachary R. Miles, Associate, Winter Garden Adam Mobley, Student, Lake City Matt A. Moore, Supt. Mbr., Longboat Key Walter S. Mrozek, Supt. Mbr., Sebastian Gary A. Reda, Student, Melbourne Beach Austin L. Reiter, Student, Lake City Brian Sargent, Class C, Lakeland Bailey Sehnert, Student, Lake City 112-123_April14_Departments.indd 116 3/18/14 2:57 PM

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