Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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By the NUMBERS "John has desert and warm- and cool-season grass experience," says Downing, GCSAA president in 2008. "It's been a win-win situation so far." Winning is a common denominator in McCarthy's family. His Midway Wolverines youth football team in Forsythe County, Ga., won 36 games in a row in one stretch and recorded two champi - onships. His defense was like the 1985 Chicago Bears, à la William "Refrigerator" Perry, allow - ing zero points in the frst 17 games in that win- ning streak. Now, McCarthy, who attended the University of Massachusetts' Stockbridge School of Agriculture, coaches the middle school team at Pinecrest Academy, a private Catholic school in Georgia. In his frst three sea - sons entering this year, McCarthy's teams posted winning records each season. An opportunity to shape youngsters drives McCarthy. "The game is about having heart, soul and pushing yourself to the next level and fnding what that level is," he says. His son, Ryan, seeks that next level. He appears to be on a good path. Ryan, only a sophomore, is the starting quarterback for the Pinecrest Academy Paladins' varsity team. At 6-feet-3, 190 pounds, the younger McCarthy has the size that should make recruiters drool if he shows promise. Schools such as Boston College and the Univer - sity of Pennsylvania already have shown interest. He wasn't the frst standout athlete in this family. John's wife, Karen produced some pretty special creden - tials in her day. In her youth when she was known as Karen Brewer, she qualifed for the Olympic Trials in the back - stroke at the age of 15. She thinks her husband is talented on multiple fronts. "John loves the outdoors and takes great pride in his work on the golf course," says Karen, who was an All American swimmer at Florida Atlantic University. "He also has a great love for children. He not only coaches them in football but in life. He wants each boy to be a well-rounded individual. He always puts the person frst but takes great pride in his wins." Ultimately, Karen says, her husband places family frst. "His greatest achievement is that he has been able to balance his work, his coaching and his family," she says. Since McCarthy is in El Paso, his assistants help him during the week until Fridays when McCarthy returns to coach that middle school team at Pinecrest Academy. Asked if he would be willing to leave behind the job of a superintendent position to be a football coach, McCarthy wouldn't completely rule it out. Yet the passion for the pro - fession that he developed as a 15-year-old working on the course in summer hasn't faded. "The scenery out on the golf course changes every day. Therefore your life does," McCarthy says. "I love to impact lives of our football players and I feel the same way about making an impact in my profession. It's what I do." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Turf Science Live pops up in the Midwest Editor's note: This report was fled by Luke Cella, CGCS, Midwest Association of Golf Course Superinten - dents. Accompanying photo above. Four cornerstone companies of the turf industry came together recently and put on Turf Science Live in Liber - tyville, Ill. The second edition of the event in the United States was held at the Merit Club and hosted by superin - tendent John Nelson. Last year, the U.S. event was held at Greenville Country Club in South Carolina. On both occa - sions, the organizers followed a format that has garnered considerable support in the United Kingdom since 2010. Turf Science Live is similar to many demonstration and research feld days except each exhibit involves an in-depth and interactive discussion on the science, tech - nology and application that brought the particular product 22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 NUMBERS 22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Jeff Churchill (middle) and Steven Johnson (right) of Smithco take apart the solenoid from a spray nozzle component and point out the wear indicator to Merit Club superintendent John Nelson (left). Photo by Luke Cella, CGCS Shop math 101: converting to metric Type the numerator (top number) of the fraction from the standard tool into your calculator and divide it by the denominator (bottom number). For example, with a ¼-inch standard size ¼=0.25 socket, divide the 1 by the 4 and get a result of 0.25 inch. Type the resulting decimal fgure into your calculator and multiply it by 25.4, which is the number of millimeters in 1 inch. The standard size of 0.25 inch multiplied by 25.4 equals a metric size of 6.35 millimeters, for example. Round up the resulting metric fgure to the nearest metric size. From the example, 6.35 millimeters rounds up to a metric size 6.5 millimeter socket. Source: 0.25 X 25.4=6.35 round up 6.5 mm ÷ × + =

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