Golf Course Management

APR 2014

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Ihms elected 2014 president Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, was elected president of GCSAA at the association's annual meeting Feb. 6 in Orlando. "I never thought this (podium) would be a place that I would stand, but I'm standing here because of these great guys standing behind me," said Ihms of the the GCSAA directors and past presidents on the stage. John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, the director of golf course management at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., was elected vice president, and Peter J. Grass, CGCS, the superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., was elected secretary/treasurer. Bill H. Maynard, CGCS at St. Albans Country Club in St. Louis, and Rafael Barajas, CGCS at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., were elected to two-year terms on the board of directors. Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfeld Group Country Club in Westfeld Center, Ohio, was appointed by the board to fll the remaining year of Grass's two-year term as a director. Darren J. Davis, the superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., and John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club, remain on the board with one year left in their two-year director terms. Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, general manager at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, will serve on the board for one year as immediate past president. Prior to the election of new offcers, the board of directors, delegates and other GCSAA mem - bers honored Sandy G. Queen, CGCS, manager of golf course operations for the city of Overland Park (Kan.), as he retired from the board after serving the last year as immediate past president. Speaking of the work accomplished by the association during the eight years he has served on the board of directors, Queen said, "The groundwork has been laid and built upon; now we're ready to take off." Ihms listed developing broader relationships with GCSAA's industry partners and considering changes to membership classifcations as key issues for the association in the coming year. GIS highlights 60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 Toro boosts Rounds 4 Research The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) has received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Foundation to continue its support of Rounds 4 Research and help further turfgrass research at local universities. Toro donated $50,000 to the EIFG's Rounds 4 Research in 2013 as well. Rounds 4 Research is a program designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass re - search funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. It is administered by the EIFG, the philanthropic arm of GCSAA, and pre - sented in partnership with Toro. A majority of the proceeds are distributed to participating GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to fund turfgrass research at local universities. "Toro continues to validate the impor - tance of research with this second substan- tial commitment to Rounds 4 Research," said GCSAA and EIFG CEO Rhett Evans. "Thanks in large part to Toro, Rounds 4 Research al - lows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass founda- tions to participate as fundraising partners and direct the proceeds to specifc projects that will have the most signifcant impact in their local areas." Since launching in July 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $175,000 for turf - grass research. The next auctions are June 9-22 and Aug. 1-10. "Research is the lifeblood of both environ - mental and economic advancements in turf management," said Darren Redetzke, Toro's vice president, commercial business, who pre - sented a ceremonial check for the pledge at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. "Investing in research ultimately improves the customer experience, and this is a vital program for all sectors of the golf industry." Toro is a longtime partner of the EIFG, do - nating more than $1 million to support scien- tifc research, advancements in education, and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals. Judson McNeil (far left), the president of The Toro Foundation, and Michael Hoffman (far right), CEO of The Toro Co., present a $50,000 grant for Rounds 4 Research to GCSAA's 2013 Presi - dent Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS (second from left), and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Photo by Roger Billings Newly elected GCSAA President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, receives congratulations from the association's past presidents. Photo © Montana Pritchard 056-067_GIS_Recap_14.indd 60 3/18/14 2:49 PM

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