Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 After 16 years with GCSAA and this mag- azine, I like to think I've turned into a pretty accomplished armchair golf course superin - tendent. I'm not going to host a U.S. Open any time soon, mind you, but I feel like I can talk the talk and, in most cases, walk the walk authentically enough to connect, on a pretty personal level, with the turfgrass managers who read this publication every month. That doesn't mean, however, I can identify with each and every aspect of a superinten - dent's job, a fact I'm reminded of each month when I review the content that is appearing in GCM's research section. As my high school math and science teachers could certainly tell you, there is a good reason why I gravitated toward the written word and away from for - mulas, equations and the scientifc method. To put it bluntly, the technical bent of our research stories often frightens and con - fuses me. It's not that I don't get how impor- tant this information is to our business and to golf course superintendents. The results of our readership surveys that show the research sec - tion is our most popular, most valuable and most read section would make that kind of conclusion impossible. It's more that some - times, I just don't get it, period. That occasional lack of connection with agronomic tech talk hasn't come from a lack of trying. I've sat in on classes at GCSAA Ed - ucation Conferences. I've listened intently to presentations by some of the top minds in the industry, the Thom Nikolais, Bert McCartys, Jack Frys and Frank Rossis of the world. And I've huddled with the brightest superinten - dents out there to see how all this theory actu- ally turns into practice. I've gotten better, really. It's just that I haven't gotten t at much better. Fortunately, we have a lot of help in cover - ing up my defciencies and making sure our research section remains the undisputed in - dustry leader. GCM is fortunate to have a great staff of editors and writers to help make sense of this technical information, most notably our senior science editor Teresa Carson. She's a board certifed editor in the life sciences, has a long history in bringing the work of top turf - grass researchers to the pages of GCM and is a key to helping me keep my Pyt ium and my Poa straight. Then there are those turfgrass researchers that I just mentioned. We're fortunate that when many of them wrap up publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals, the next call they make is to GCM. Some of them publish in this magazine on a regular basis, others only occasionally. But the collective knowledge and experience that all of them bring to this magazine more than makes up for my scien - tifc shortcomings. This month, we're lucky to bring yet an - other brilliant mind to the pages of GCM on a more consistent basis. On Page 88 of this month's magazine, we're proud to debut Ver - dure, a column from Beth Guertal, Ph.D., a professor in the department of agronomy and soils from Auburn University. As Guertal describes it, verdure refers to the best part of turfgrass, the bright green part that remains after grass is mowed and clip - pings are removed (I wish the wordsmith in me could tell you I knew that word before she explained it, but I can't). Her column hopes to work similar magic with turfgrass research projects that have been previously published in other venues but might have been missed by most superintendents. She'll dig into the num - bers, strip away the excess and share only the most important, most pertinent parts of that research with our readers. We think Beth's addition to the GCM family will only serve to strengthen the re - search offerings that we bring to the industry every month. And if she adds another techni - cal safety net for a certain editor who may or may not be pictured on this page, well, then all the better. Scott Hollister is GCM Õs editor-in-chief. Scott Hollister shollister@gcsaa.org twitter: @GCM_Magazine The research says … As my high school math and science teachers could certainly tell you, there is a good reason why I gravitated toward the written word and away from formulas, equations and the scientifc method. (inside gcm) 018-019_May14_IGCM.indd 18 4/16/14 2:40 PM

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