Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 Bosco voted top dog in 2014 calendar contest Bosco, a purebred chocolate Labrador retriever, and his owner, David Kohley, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, Ill., took home the top honors in voting for the top dog in the 2014 Dog Days of Golf Calendar contest, presented by GCSAA and LebanonTurf. Bosco was among 14 dogs featured in the calendar, appearing in December 2013. The win earned Kohley a $500 prize, while another $500 was donated to his local Humane Society. Additionally, Kohley's affli - ated GCSAA chapter, the Midwest Association of GCS, received $3,000. Submissions for the 2015 dog calendar began May 1. Sharp Park overcomes another hurdle The ongoing battle between Sharp Park Golf Course and environmentalists recently reached another key mo - ment, with the golf course prevailing in the latest encounter. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved construction enhancements that were being opposed by environmentalists who have sought to close the golf course for several years. They objected to construction of a proposed pond for frog breeding and native plant restoration area, moving a golf car path from a wetland and dredging invasive reeds and sediment from an existing stream. As they have in the past, they argued that the construction and other facets of ongoing golf course improvements and maintenance threaten California red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes. The city's recreation and park commission and then its planning commission, though, approved the construc - an impact on the turfgrass industry at the level of many previous award winners." McCurdy says he will be working diligently with his students at Mississippi State to prepare them for careers in turfgrass management while he continues to conduct applied and basic research. The criteria for selecting award recipients include graduate work, academic record, dissertation, publica - tions, leadership and extracurricular activities. To date, awards have been granted to doctoral students from universities including Arizona, Auburn, Cornell, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Texas A&M. NGF: Company course management growing The number of golf courses under the direction of management companies continues to grow, according to the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The total of U.S. facilities under third-party manage - ment increased from 1,472 in 2001 to more than 2,245 in 2013, which is an increase of 53 percent. Half of the growth has happened since 2008. Approximately 230 management companies oversee the courses. Only two — Club Corp and Billy Casper Golf — operate more than 100 apiece in the U.S. "I expect the increase in the number of facilities under management to continue, although choosing the right option is key to the fnancial success of the facility," says Richard Singer, NGF director of consulting. "Manage - ment companies have shown their worth, especially in the public sector." tion plans at Sharp Park, located in Pacifca, Calif. The course, built by famed architect Alister MacKenzie, opened in 1932. But like so many chapters in this saga, the battle may not be over. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Wild Equity Institute, an environmentalist group, has re - quested a full environmental impact report on the project and planned to fle a lawsuit objecting to the city's deci - sion. Despite that looming hurdle, Richard Harris, co- founder of San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, was thrilled by the most recent decision. "This is a win for common-sense environmentalism, golf, the local community and for ordinary citizens who love to use their parks," Harris said. GCSAA member part of new golf task force PGA of America President Ted Bishop — a former golf course superintendent and current GCSAA member — is part of a movement to develop and evaluate innovative concepts to drive golf participation. PGA Task Force, spearheaded by the PGA of America, is seeking ways to grow the game through nontraditional means. Besides Bishop, the 10-person task force includes Dottie Pepper and Olympic ski standout Bode Miller. "There is nothing that I have been part of to date that is more important and has greater opportunity," Bishop says. "The golf experience needs to be redefned. For many people, the traditional 18-hole round simply doesn't work. With the industry at a critical juncture of growth, it is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the game." Bishop certainly has jumped into the cause. Earlier this year, he was announced as a member of HackGolf ( www.hackgolf.org ), which is a movement led by Taylor - Made and the PGA of America to make the game more fun. PGA Task Force has long-term aspirations but is trying to develop concepts that can be quickly achieved and imple - mented by PGA professionals and the industry. Other PGA Task Force members include PGA of Amer - ica CEO Pete Bevacqua; Mark King, CEO, TaylorMade-Adi- das Golf; former NFL player Melvin Bullitt; Damon Hack, co-host of Golf Channel's "Morning Drive"; Golf Digest editor Ashley Mayo; Arlen Kantarian, former CEO of the United States Tennis Association; and Tom Dundon, part owner of Top Golf. World Golf Hall of Fame makes voting changes Changes in the process of electing inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame include how often enshrine - ment occurs. The Hall of Fame announced in late March that there will no longer be an annual ceremony; instead, enshrine - ment will occur every two years beginning in 2015. An- other key change is that a 16-person commission is being formed, replacing a voter panel that previously exceeded 100. The commission will choose a maximum of fve in - ductees from a list of candidates created by a 20-person selection subcommittee, which will oversee the qualifca - Bosco, winner of the 2014 Dog Days of Golf Calendar contest. 020-029_May_Front9.indd 26 4/16/14 2:42 PM

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