Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Southwest Jeff Jensen The California Golf Course Superintendents Association (CAGCSA) has contributed $6,000 to the California Alliance for Golf (CAG) to assist the organization in promoting the game of golf in California. A non-profit organization, CAG's mission is to enhance business opportunities by serving as an advo - cate for the golf industry before the state's legislative bod- ies and government agencies while promoting the economic, environmental, and numerous community-based benefits of golf to the citizens of California. The CAG unifies all aspects and entities within the golf industry including: amateur golf associations (men, women, juniors and seniors), golf profes - sionals, course superintendents, golf course owners and club managers, course architects and builders, management companies, hard and soft goods vendors, and major equipment manufacturers. "The CAGCSA is a proud member of CAG, and our financial contribution will assist the organization in sharing its message with all who participate in the game throughout California," said Jim Alwine, president of the CAGCSA and Class A superintendent at Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego. "Our members benefit from the advocacy and lobbying efforts of CAG, effectively improving our government relations network. CAG's commitment to the industry and growth of the game is outstanding." "We are thrilled with this contribution from the CAGCSA, and it comes at a critical time, as we are in the process of expanding our outreach efforts," said Tom Addis, president of CAG and executive director of the Southern California PGA. "In addition to providing us with excellent playing conditions, golf course superintendents are integral to the overall enjoyment of the game and we are happy to collaborate with their association." For more information on CAG or how to become a member, please visit the website at www.cagolf.org. Southeast Ron Wright I had the opportunity to work on the crew at the U.S. Amateur tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club recently. The tournament itself has always been one of my favorites. It's not about money or exemptions, it's just about playing golf at a high level. The ability of the participants was through the roof and it was fun to watch them play the course and practice on the range. Everyone was friendly and happy to be a part of the competition. Being a part of the team at AAC was part golf tournament, part complex work synchronization and part family reunion. The biggest thing I took away from my time at the tournament was the feeling of family that was present among the staff. Many of the people I worked with every day had worked at AAC at some point and returned to volunteer for the tournament. There were superintendents, assistants, sales associates, interns, family members and even staff members from other departments helping out the grounds crew. Many of the volunteers had traveled a good distance to get there. Everyone I spoke to, whether currently on the staff or some - one who had moved on, spoke about the sense of family that you get when working at AAC. The family atmosphere at AAC seems to have remained intact through the many years and changing faces thanks to the leadership of Ken Mangum, CGCS, and his ability to assemble a great team and chart a successful path for the facility. It was a pleasure to be a part of the family for that week. Several other staff members need to be recognized as well because Ken himself will tell you he doesn't do it alone. Thanks and congratulations go out to Tyler, Matt, David, Elliot, Stephen and the entire AAC staff. It was a fun week and I look forward to volunteering again at the next big tournament. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit www.gcsaa.org/ community/regions.aspx. (In the field) Website: www.gcsaa.org/education/ webcasts.aspx Nov. 6 — Seven Rivers GCSA Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Juliette Falls Golf Club, Dunnellon, Fla. Phone: 800-732-6053 Website: www.foridagcsa.com Nov. 6 — GCSAA Webcast: Pace of Play: What you can and can't control, Steve Southard, CGCS Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: www.gcsaa.org/education/ webcasts.aspx Nov. 11 — Midwest Turf Clinic, Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill. Phone: 630-243-7900 Website: www.magcs.org Nov. 13 — GCSAA Webcast: Niche applications of warm-season grasses in the northern tier of the transition zone, Steve McDonald Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: www.gcsaa.org/education/ webcasts.aspx Nov. 18-19 — Carolinas GCSA Annual Trade Show, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Phone: 800-476-4272 Website: www.carolinasgcsa.org Nov. 19 — GCSAA Webcast: Increase the precision of your nitrogen application, Bill Kresuer, Ph.D. Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: www.gcsaa.org/education/ webcasts.aspx Dec. 1 — Central Texas GCSA Toy Drive Phone: 210-413-3045 Website: www.ctgcsa.org Dec. 2-4 — Kansas Turfgrass Conference, Topeka, Kan. Phone: 785-532-6173 Website: www.kgcsa.org Dec. 3-4 — Pest Management Seminar, Oregon Convention Center, Portland. Phone: 877-375-1330 Website: www.ogcsa.org

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