Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.14 (Minn.) Golf Course earned a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Women's Curling Team that participated this year in the World Senior Curling Championship in Scotland. Curl - ing features a four-person team in which they slide a 42- pound "stone" or "rock" down a 150-foot ice sheet, using broom sweeps to move the object. As a teenager in Minnesota, O'Leary worked on a golf course. Obviously, she gained a passion for it; O'Leary has been a superintendent since 1983. Jacobsen fnds a place on world stage The FIFA World Cup is a monumental event that draws attention worldwide. Jacobsen is proud to be part of it. Jacobsen equipment is being used to maintain train - ing facilities and stadium felds for the World Cup soccer tournament, which started June 12 and concludes July 13 in Brazil. One of the venues using Jacobsen equipment is Arena Pernambuco in Recife, which was scheduled to host the U.S. team's fnal Group G game June 26 against Germany. Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, site of the World Cup fnal, is being mowed with the Jacobsen Tri- King small-area reel mower. The Tri-King mowers also are being used at training venues, including the Australian training camp at Vitaria in Espirito Santo, Portugal's camp at Campinas at São Paulo and Mexico, who is using facili - ties of Santos Futebol Clube. comment period about these proposed changes, which will allow an industry stakeholder group formed by GCSAA time to formulate public comments. "This proposed change has the potential to greatly affect almost every golf facility in the country and many maintenance practices that take place on the golf course," says Chava McKeel, GCSAA's associate director, govern - ment relations. "Our members coming to Capitol Hill and communicating about this important issue, along with many more, sends a strong message and helps strengthen the overall position of both the profession and the associ - ation in matters of advocacy and government relations." GCSAA's contingent in D.C. included members of its board of directors, Government Relations Committee and select staff who attended more than 85 individual meetings with lawmakers and their staffs, meetings that focused on the broader message of National Golf Day in addition to issues of specifc interest to golf course su - perintendents and the golf course management industry. All told, golf leaders from all corners of the industry shared stories about the game's almost 15,000 diverse small businesses, which employ more than 2 million peo - ple and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses' posi - tive infuences on ecology, tax revenues and tourism. "National Golf Day presents a unique opportunity not only for the golf industry but also for GCSAA and its members to make personal connections with members of Congress and to help them understand the role the game plays in the economic, environmental and charitable life of our communities," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "The opportunity to educate lawmakers on issues of importance to our members and the stewardship role superintendents play every day is one we embrace. We are proud of our association with We Are Golf and our participation in Na - tional Golf Day." National Golf Day also featured a daylong exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with a host of golf exhibits, including a section that was dedicated to golf course maintenance and its tools, manned by members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS, and a display featuring the soon-to-be-opened Grass Roots exhibit at the U.S. Na - tional Arboretum. In addition, live golf lessons for members of Congress and staff were provided by 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of "The Golf Fix" on Golf Channel; and LPGA professional Dana Rader. Another special activ - ity featured a Republican vs. Democrat putting challenge. Bronze medal for O'Leary Norma O'Leary, CGCS, reached her silver anniver- sary of being a GCSAA member this year. One of her most prized possessions in 2014, though, has everything to do with bronze. O'Leary, GCSAA Class A superintendent at Silver Bay Also, the Ransomes Mastiff walk-behind reel mower is being used to give the felds a fnal striping before each game. "The fnal at the Maracana will attract a television au - dience in excess of 300 million people around the globe, all watching the game on a playing surface prepared by our mowers," says Jacobsen president David Withers. "I think everyone connected with the business can take pride in that." Is the force with them? Possibly coming to a golf course near you: Jedi Putter. A team of Rice University engineering students devised a training putter that offers golfers audio, visual and tactile feedback to help them learn a consistent putting stroke. "In the past few years, some work has been done on modeling the physics of putting," says Ray Simar, Rice pro - fessor of electrical and computer engineering. He gave fve seniors the task of designing and creating a putter that provides multisensory feedback, "in particular, how the ball rolls, trajectories on the green and also the sweep path and how that should perform." The practice putter also can provide data to the user through a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a smart - phone or computer. Eventually, the team plans to intro- duce a speaker in the head to help users synchronize their swing to tones. The team (Matthew Lopez, Sid Mullick, Chelsea Ro - drigues, Roy Wu and Yize Zhao) completed a prototype of the Jedi Putter and fled for a patent on a putter that has an accelerometer, a gyrometer and a magnetometer, all in the club head. Courses land USGA championships Three courses are the latest to receive word they will be the sites of future USGA championships. • Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., was awarded the 2015 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Champion - Members of GCSAA's board of directors, Government Relations Committee and staff met with members of Congress on National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. Photo by Scott Hollister 020-029_July_Front9.indd 26 6/17/14 4:24 PM

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