Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 they need, help solve problems," Ihms says. Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association pres - ident/general manager Tommy Bailey says more than 60 people applied for the position that Ihms landed. Bella Vista has long-range plans (recent updates include a new irriga - tion system for one of the courses), and Ihms' experiences, including awareness of the latest trends in golf course man - agement, served him well in seeking the position. "We just felt he'd be really good for our membership," Bailey says. "He knows what he's talking about. He's been very active in your organization (GCSAA). We thought that would be a real big plus for us." Bailey says approximately 180,000 rounds of golf were played in 2013 at Bella Vista. Looking back on some true golf course hazards Seventy-four years ago, one golf course in Great Brit- ain had no intention of letting the Nazis halt play. St. Mellon's Golf and Country Club remained opened during World War II's famed Battle of Britain, during which Germany bombed the region almost constantly. Instead of suspending golf, though, St. Mellon's established several temporary rules in time of war, according to an excerpt from the book "Golf Anecdotes — From the Links of Scot - land to Tiger Woods" by Robert Sommers. Those temporary rules included: • "Players are asked to collect bomb and shrapnel splin - ters to save these causing damage to the mowing ma- chines." • "In competitions, during gunfre or while bombs are fall - ing, players may take cover without penalty for ceas- ing play." • "The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red fags at a reasonably but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom." • "Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways or in bunkers within a club's length of a ball may be moved without penalty and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally." • "A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced or, if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty." • "A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, with - out penalty." • "A player whose stroke is affected by the simultane - ous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. One penalty stroke." A year ago, an unexploded bomb thought to be from World War II was discovered in the United Kingdom on the driving range at Gowerton in Wales. Torrey Pines lands 2021 U.S. Open Torrey Pines, site of the last major championship tri- umph for Tiger Woods, will be host to another major in seven years. The USGA announced Torrey Pines, located in San Diego, will be the site of the U.S. Open in 2021. The dates are June 17-20. Paul Cushing, a 24-year GCSAA member, oversees maintenance at Torrey Pines as the city's Class A director of golf course maintenance operations, with 10- year GCSAA member Blake Meentemeyer in charge of the South Course, which is where Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff for the U.S. Open title in 2008. "I was excited to hear that the U.S. Open was returning to Torrey Pines," Woods says. "I think it's great, when the USGA can, to play the U.S. Open at a public course." McCurdy receives Musser Award James D. McCurdy, Ph.D., assistant professor and turfgrass Extension specialist at Mississippi State Univer - sity, received the 2014 Award of Excellence by the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. The award is given to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who, in the fnal phase of their graduate studies, demon - strate overall excellence throughout their doctoral program in turfgrass research. McCurdy received his bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science (specializing in turfgrass and golf course management) from the University of Tennes - see-Martin. He went on to earn his master's degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, where McCurdy worked with Scott McElroy, Ph.D., and wrote his dissertation on "The Effects and Sustainability of Legume Inclusion within Warm-Sea - son Turf Swards." "It is indeed an honor to be selected for such a pres - tigious award," McCurdy says. "I hope to be able to make 411 020-029_May_Front9.indd 24 4/16/14 2:42 PM

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