Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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104 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.14 Mid-Atlantic Chase Rogan Recently, I attended a social media round- table at Independence Golf Club in Midlo- thian, Va. Curious superintendents wanted to learn how to better utilize social media to help them gather relevant information that is floating around the ever-expanding World Wide Web. The main social media players, as most of you know, are Face - book and Twitter. In my opinion, Twitter is the most applicable for golf course su - perintendents. Why? Because you search key words, post pictures, hashtag a topic and communicate directly to other tweet - ers. Most people seem to use Facebook more for family and close friends, while Twitter can be used more for business purposes, although that doesn't mean you can't share personal information there as well. Furthermore, you can tweet out course conditions, cart restrictions or frost delays to members of your club, and even link that post to Facebook so it will automatically post to your club's Facebook page. David McCall, a pathologist at Virginia Tech, suggested Virginia superintendents start a hashtag campaign that is #VATurf. This way, everyone interested in sharing information about turf news in Virginia can find information easily by simply searching that hashtag on Twitter. Likewise, many industry companies and organizations share relevant news and information through Twitter. The beauty in this is how fast you can receive that information right into the palm of your hand. If you need help getting started, or have questions along the line, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you work through the kinks to becoming more connected. Central Plains Steve Randall I had the opportunity recently to attend two events held by the Mississippi Valley GCSA near St. Louis. On the second day, the Mississippi Valley GCSA held an inaugural equipment tech - nicians education and networking session at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. The equip- ment technicians session was a first for the chapter. I counted 37 equipment technicians — an excellent turnout. How did they get such good attendance? A big thanks to Bellerive superintendent John Cunningham, CGCS, for helping organize the event. Steven Tucker from the IGCEMA (International Golf Course Equipment Manufacturers Association) was also there. The chapter hopes this may be the first of many similar events. Following a short business meeting, Boyd Montgomery from The Toro Co. provided a Tier 4 equipment update. The "Big 3" manufacturers, with help from their local distributors, had various pieces of equipment on display. After lunch, the equipment technicians had to answer five questions regarding each piece of equipment on display (two from each manufacturer were provided). The chapter plans to set up a second event in the fall. The IGCEMA has agreed to provide a $350 travel allowance, and a 2015 conference and show registration will be auctioned off. There is no better education than the power of networking face to face with your peers. As these events grow and expand, we will provide updates on their success. Is this something your chapter would be interested in trying? Ultimately, you can never take your staff for granted. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions.aspx. (In the field) Champaign. Phone: 309-533-5838 Website: www.ci-gcsa.com Aug. 13 — Michigan State University Turfgrass Field Day, Hancock Turfgrass Research Center, East Lansing. Website: www.michiganturfgrass.org/ msu-turfgrass-feld-day.html Aug. 13 — Poa Sympoisum, Mesa Community College, Mesa, Ariz. Phone: 480-609-6778 Website: www.cactusandpine.com Sept. 8-11 — Florida Turfgrass As- sociation Annual Conference & Show, Buena Vista Palace, Lake Buena Vista Phone: 863-688-9413 Website: www.ftga.org Sept. 11 — University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day, East Ten - nessee Research and Education Center- Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville Phone: 865-974-7201 Website: www.tennesseeturfgrassweeds.org ——— To learn if you can receive education points for any of these upcoming programs, visit the External Education Listings in the education section at www.gcsaa.org/ education/externaled/current.aspx. ——— We want to know about your event in advance. To submit an entry for "Coming up," please send your information fve to six months before you'd like to see it in the magazine. We run event information for three months. Send a contact name if all details are not fnal. Contact Golf Course Management, Attention: Coming Up, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049- 3859; 785-832-3638; fax: 785-832- 3665; email: hrichman@gcsaa.org. NEW MEMBERS ALABAMA Nathaniel J. Arndt, Class C, Birmingham Robert D. Collier, Student, Auburn Allen S. Dobbs, Student, Auburn ARIZONA Nicholas R. Spardy II, Student, Tucson 100-108_July14_Departments.indd 104 6/17/14 2:35 PM

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