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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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 "I think one of the advantages we had … was one group of superintendents already had an understanding of what this event was all about and could provide some direction and some experience along with a group of su - perintendents who brought an energy and an excitement to the proceedings," he says. "I thought there was tremen - dous interaction between the two groups." A piece of the broader Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomor - row initiative, this edition of the Plant Health Academy featured in-depth classroom sessions in both Kansas City and at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. Partici - pants worked to further defne plant health and what that term means for working superintendents, learned about the latest weed management strategies and also got an up-close-and-personal look at a host of GCSAA services, ranging from advocacy, environmental resources and the feld staff program. "I thought the opportunity to visit GCSAA headquar - ters and learn about some of the services they provide to us as members was invaluable," says Robert Williams, the superintendent at Stockton (Calif.) Golf and Country Club and a member of the 2014 class. "I was also grateful for the input from the other guys and the networking we were able to experience. It all really gave me a few different an - gles to look at on the issue of plant health and how it im- pacts things at our courses." Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow is a partnership be - tween Bayer and the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to advance research and education into the topic of plant health. Bayer is funding the program by investing a portion of sales in their StressGard fungicide products — up to $100,000 annually — in the EIFG, GCSAA's philanthropic organization. For more information visit www.eifg.org/ education/continuing-education/healthy-turf-healthy- tomorrow. For Matt Miller, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson, Kan., and a mem - ber of the inaugural Plant Health Academy, the experience far outpaced his expectations. "I couldn't have asked for more," he says. "There was a lot of knowledge gathered in these rooms the last cou - ple of days. You rarely get the opportunity to be exposed to that kind of industry insight, so on that level alone, it was great." — Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief Watson Fellowship recipients announced Lisa A. Beirn, Matthew Elmore and Paul Giordano each were awarded $5,000 postgraduate grants by GCSAA as recipients in the Watson Fellowship Program, which is funded by a partnership between The Toro Co. and GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmen - tal Institute for Golf (EIFG). In addition, a $2,500 scholarship also was awarded in memory of Watson. It went to Clint Steketee. The fellowship is named for the late James R. Watson, Ph.D., a former vice president for Toro and turfgrass research pioneer. The winners are all doctoral students who have been identifed as promising future teachers and researchers in the feld of golf course management. Beirn is enrolled at Rutgers University; Elmore at the University of Tennessee; Giordano is at Michigan State University; and Steketee is a graduate student at the University of Georgia. The stu - dents received an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Indus- try Show in February in Orlando. Aquatrols donates $10,000 to EIFG Aquatrols announced it made a $10,000 donation to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). Aquatrols honors its founder, Robert A. Moore, with the donation. Moore was a strong advocate for GCSAA until his death in 2010. Moore founded Aquatrols in 1955, was a GCSAA member for more than 50 years, and wrote articles for GCM. The endowment in his name funds re - search specifcally aimed at optimizing the growing en- vironment for golf course turf, with specifc goals for in- creasing the effectiveness of applied water, fertilizers and pesticides, thereby reducing total requirements. Moore's daughters, Tracy Jarman and Demie Moore, and son Andy Moore, made the donation in honor of their father Feb. 5 at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. Practical greenkeeping, Scandinavia style "Golf is played on grass, not on color," Stefan Nils- son says. Nilsson, course manager at Vallda Golf & Country Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, brought that message in February to Canada, where he was the Guelph Turfgrass Institute's 2014 Superintendent in Residence. Nilsson's visit included meeting with university faculty, staff and students. He also attended classes. This shar - ing of information and best practices culminated with a public lecture "Practical Greenkeeping in Scandinavia" at Cutten Fields. Golf is a popular pastime in Sweden; the country boasts approximately 500 golf courses. Creeping bent - grass and annual bluegrass mixed greens are the most common putting surfaces. With limited resources and restrictions on both chemical inputs (there are only three fungicides and one herbicide Swedes can use) and water, Scandinavian superintendents are looking for innovative, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that still offer golfers high-quality playing conditions. "Swedes are really good greenkeepers," Nilsson says. "They are producing good turf on low budgets. Low input is not only the best option but it's also a key to success - GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans addresses attendees at Bayer's Plant Health Academy when they visited GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. Photo by Roger Billings Stefan Nilsson 020-029_April_Front9.indd 24 3/18/14 2:43 PM

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