Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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98 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.14 The American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) National Conference attracted more than 165 people in late April to Portland, Ore. The conference included elections. The incoming president is Ivy Munion (ISC Group); vice president is Corbin Schneider (Verde Design); treasurer, Chris Mitchell (Russ Mitchell & Associates); secretary, Stacy Gardner (Irrigation Consulting Inc.); and Steve Hohl (Water Concern) moves to past president. New board of directors members are Carey June (Irrigation Consulting Services Inc.) and Lynda Wightman (Hunter Irrigation). Plaques were awarded to retiring board members Vince Nolletti (Paige Electric) and Doug MacDonald (Aqua Engineering). Wightman received the Sam Tobey Award in recognition for her hard work and unwavering commitment through the years. Jim Laiche received the Roy Williams Award for his passion for the irrigation industry and the selfess and exemplary customer service he has provided. Fellow status was presented to Brian Vinchesi and Brendan Lynch . Emerson Bearing recently expanded its golf division as part of the company's recreation industry offerings. "We originally formed our golf division a few years ago because there had been such an increase in demand for our bearings for golf carts," says Steve Katz , president, Emerson Bearing. "Well, that has continued the past few years, and we needed to reinforce the division to serve not only golf courses but other companies that utilize golf carts for their operations. So we have added personnel and expertise to better serve this market." KPMG , the PGA of America and the LPGA announced the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the creation of a multifaceted program focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The frst championship is scheduled June 8-14, 2015, at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., with a purse among the highest in women's golf at $3.5 million. The championship will be operated by the PGA of America, and will work in close collaboration with the LPGA. The event will be broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel. "Together, we believe this championship, broadcast to millions around the world, will energize new audiences in our collective effort to grow the game," says PGA of America President Ted Bishop, who is a member of GCSAA. Women on Course , a premier golf-lifestyle networking organization, tripled its membership since being acquired by Billy Casper Golf (BCG) in September 2013. BCG expects membership to grow by 400 percent in 2014 over 2013. Company management cites several contributors to the dramatic growth, including a new, compelling value proposition for new members in partnership with brand-name golf and lifestyle product manufacturers and service providers; addition of weekend resort destination and custom events for members; and participation in Women on Course and non-golf (social) events is up by more than 150 percent as women, no matter their skill levels, are increasingly looking to play golf with other women. Steve Jubb was named president of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf . Jubb succeeds Betsy Clark, Ph.D., who served for the last fve years. Jubb is the director of PGA Charities and Military Liaison for the PGA of America and the PGA Foundation. Jubb previously served as head golf professional at Boca West Country Club and executive director of the New Jersey Section PGA. Ray Stukas is the 2014 Sports Turf Manager of the Year , as announced by Sports Turf Canada and sponsored by Guelph Turfgrass Institute . The honor recognizes an individual's professional ability and contribution to the Canadian sports turf industry and shows appreciation for his or her proactive and progressive efforts within the profession. Stukas is manager of parks, Toronto and East York District, for the city of Toronto. He has more than three decades of industry experience. Andrew Fleming joined KemperSports as company senior vice president-strategy and business affairs. He is charged with leading the company's marketing technology and revenue management programs as well as corporate strategy, growth initiatives and new business lines. Fleming previously served as vice president of business 096-099_July14_IndustryNews.indd 98 6/17/14 2:34 PM

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