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110 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14 Great Lakes John Miller In June I attended a First Green event in Newark, N.J. This event was well put together by the maintenance staff and a local teacher who is also an employee of the golf course in the summer. I attended the event along with Chase Rogan and Kevin Doyle. Chase and I were there to observe the event and we also helped out some when needed. Our attendance was designed to give us an idea of what the First Green is all about and how the field trips work. Karen Armstead of First Green invited us so that we could see firsthand how the field trips work so that we can better explain it to our chapters and individual superintendents. This is a great program to get kids on the golf course and interested in the game of golf. It is good that GCSAA is supporting the efforts of the First Green. South Central Brian Cloud Many parts of the South Central region felt actual relief from the drought in June with heavy rains in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. For the most part, the region was spared severe weather that is common during the spring, but some courses were affected by flash flooding and high wind. Here are a few of the "quick hits" from the region: • Recovery from bermudagrass winterkill continues to be a severe challenge in the region. Courses across the area are still in recovery mode and members are being challenged by the conditions. I have been involved in a project in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to research the conditions and recovery strategies that have been attempted. Several members have used the letter composed and distributed by Southeast Region field staff representative Ron Wright to communicate the challenges to golfers, members, management and owners. • Enthusiasm is growing in the region for the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. As host chapters, both the Lone Star GCSA and Central Texas GCSA are exploring ways to help make the conference special for visitors to the region. All chapters in the region are considering ways to encourage their members to participate and attend the conference in their "own backyard." The Golf Championship will likely be very well supported by South Central region members as well as word is spread about home courses in San Antonio. • Working with the GCSAA government relations department, I am encouraging and recruiting members to participate in our new Grassroots program and to serve as Ambassadors in their specific congressional districts. I have created a potential Ambassador "target" list for each district. I feel that the South Central region will have very good participation in this program and will have very active Ambassadors and advocates. • I had the opportunity to recommend South Central members for a marketing campaign and for the Innovative Super - intendent program at the 2015 education conference. This region has a number of shining stars who would be great subjects for these types of programs in the future. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions.aspx. (In the field) GEORGIA Branden R. Oyler, Class C, Pooler James R. Vojtisek III, Class C, Atlanta ILLINOIS Jay Batson, Associate, Du Quoin Nick Mott, Class C, Pekin KANSAS Justin Chandler, Student, Manhattan KENTUCKY Joseph D. Lorenz, Class C, Prospect MASSACHUSETTS Brian J. Daggett, Class C, Onset Cory R. Villano, Class C, Plymouth MICHIGAN Christopher G. Danbrook, Class C, Williamsburg Michael R. Kennings, Student, East Lansing Ghansha St. Amie, Class C, Ann Arbor MINNESOTA Jason Raabe, Class C, Minneapolis MISSOURI Jason Bethel, Class C, Nixa Grant B. Sherwood, Student, Columbia NEBRASKA Matthew D. Noble, Supt. Mbr., Lincoln NEVADA Scott McIntosh, Class C, Henderson NEW JERSEY Jordan B. Jerrold, Class C, West Trenton Lawrence Milonas, Associate, Colts Neck Jeffrey R. Yeager, Class C, Pine Valley NEW YORK Tyler Jurgens, Class C, Middle Island Ryan Murphy, Class C, Farmingdale John J. O'Donnell, Class C, Staten Island NORTH CAROLINA Adam G. Holt, Class C, Cary Michael Staples, Supt. Mbr., Elizabeth City OHIO Stephen H. Lindsay, Student, Columbus Nicholas P. Roth, Class C, Grafton OKLAHOMA Steve M. Batten, Educator, Stillwater