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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GIS highlights The Opening Session, which was presented in partnership with Syngenta, began with the National Anthem and an invocation by past GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans opened the proceedings by fueling the crowd with optimism. His hopes were aimed far beyond what occurred in Orlando. "I'm confdent that when we leave here we will do so on a path full of promise," Evans said. On behalf of GCSAA, Evans then honored the recipients of the association's major awards: • Newly certifed golf course superintendents Jordan Booth, Michael Brunelle, David Cal - lanan, Bob J. Clarkson, Sean P. Gilliland, Jason E. Habeck, Michael Holt, Casey Kim, John F. McCarthy, James M. Paresi, Simon W. Parkin, Kevin Seibel, Jim Torba, Derek Wilkerson and Russell Wilson. • Deron Zendt, superintendent at Banyan Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., winner of the GCSAA Golf Championship, presented in partnership with The Toro Co. • Logan Freeman of Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa, Md., winner of the Leo Feser Award, presented for the most outstanding article contributed to GCM magazine by a GCSAA member superintendent that best serves the interests of golf course superinten - dents and the golf course management industry. • Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Stone Mountain Golf Club by Marriott in Stone Moun - tain, Ga., recipient of the Excellence in Government Relations Award, which honors an individual, chapter or coalition/alliance that demonstrates outstanding advocacy or com - pliance efforts in government relations. • Four recipients of the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, presented in partnership with Rain Bird and Syngenta: (International) Andrew Hardy, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Sharon, Ontario; (Resort) Chad B. Corp, CGCS, Mountain Ridge, Thomasville, Mich.; (Private) Scott R. Bower, Martis Camp Club, Truckee, Calif.; and (Overall, Public) Paul L. Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Harrison, Tenn. • Roger Stewart, CGCS, TPC Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minn., recipient of the President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. "I accept this on behalf of all GCSAA members," Stewart said. "It should also be recognized we all can do better when it comes to environ - mental stewardship." • Four recipients of the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award, presented to those who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advance - ment of the golf course superintendent profession: Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., Rutgers Univer- sity; S. Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Clemson University; Stephen Cadenelli, CGCS Retired; and Frank Lamphier Sr., retired (2013 recipient). "Believe me, superintendents have taught me more than I've taught them," Martin said. 58 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 Jacobsen acquires Dixie Chopper Jacobsen's "Orange Everywhere" cam- paign entered its second year at the Golf In- dustry Show. This year, that meant more than just the custom chalk art on the sidewalk in front of the Orange County Convention Center or the jam-packed customer party at Walt Dis - ney World's Epcot. Or even the new products it showcased on the trade show floor. This year, it also meant a new addition to the family. The biggest news from the Orange-clad company was the announcement that Jacob - sen acquired Dixie Chopper, makers of zero- turn-radius mowers. "The addition of Dixie Chopper expands our reach into the consumer and commercial sectors, including munici - palities, with a full range of zero-turn mow- ers known for their speed, quality and per- formance," Jacobsen president David Withers said. "It's really a win-win for both companies, and we look forward to building customer rela - tionships together with Dixie Chopper." Annika Sorenstam (far right) receives the Old Tom Morris Award from GCSAA 2013 President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, at the Opening Session. Joining them are Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel, who interviewed Sorenstam onstage during the program, and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Photo © Montana Pritchard 056-067_GIS_Recap_14.indd 58 3/18/14 2:49 PM

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