Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 Southwest Jeff Jensen Cactus & Pine GCSA board members, along with chapter executive director Carmella Rug- giero, Apache Sun Golf Club owner Mike Musulin and I, met with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ- 04) and staff in December at Apache Sun Golf Club in Queen Creek, Ariz. The meeting was initiated by Cactus & Pine secretary and GCSAA board candidate Rory Van Poucke, who serves as the general manager/superintendent of Apache Sun Golf Club. Also represent - ing the Cactus & Pine was President Andy Huber and board members Kai Umeda and Jim Marshall. With Arizona and the Southwest U.S. in the midst of a severe drought, the meeting centered on water use and conservation on golf courses. The congressman and his staff were educated on reclaimed water use, turf reduction programs, irrigation efficiency and technology, turfgrass research, BMPs and the industry's work on assisting with the devel - opment of model drought compliance legislation. Van Poucke also provided an economic impact study that outlined the golf industry's $3.4 billion impact on Arizona's economy. Golf is now the leading driver of tourism to the state. Additionally, the EPA's newly proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that GCSAA and the golf industry is opposing was discussed. The congressman has condemned the EPA's new rule and understands the devastating economic consequences it will have for golf, agriculture and small businesses throughout Arizona and the U.S. if it is implemented. The Cactus & Pine GCSA appreciates Congressman Gosar and his staff's time, and any questions concerning the meeting can be directed to Rory Van Poucke or to me. Northeast Kevin Doyle From Europe to Washington, D.C., to Washington State and nearly every place between, the plight of honey bees has been on the main stage. After attending the Pollinator Summit (presented by the New Jersey Green Industry Council) and Dr. Daniel Potter's keynote address at the New York State Turfgrass Association Turf and Grounds Exposition, I have come to learn a lot about the critical role pollinators play in our world. What role does turf play in the pollinator discussion? Neonic - otinoid class insecticides (neonics), often used as a preventive for white grubs, have been shown to have an adverse effect on pollinators. The degree to which they affect the ben - eficial insects often has more to do with which side of the political issue you wish to argue. While this situation is unfortunate, it definitely can create disruption in turf right here in the Northeast region. Just this past year alone, legislative measures took place in New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Maine to ban the use of neonics. Beekeepers in Vermont joined one superintendent at the committee hearing to assist in educating the legislators as to the minimal role neonics play in pollinator issues. Stephanie Darnell, technical development manager, Bayer CropScience, cited a survey of beekeepers that placed pesticides as the seventh most important stress factor to those in the bee industry, with varroa mite at the top of the list. While none of the above-mentioned legislation efforts were successful, it opens up the "what if" discussion. Without this useful tool, turf managers could be pushed to use more volatile chemicals, such as organophosphate and carbamate insecticides, to control the same pests. These options are much less environmentally friendly, more costly and potentially more harmful to nontarget pests. What can turf managers do with regard to our friendly pollinators? 1) Develop stewardship practices: Learn about our role as land managers and the stresses regard - ing honey bees and develop spray programs with the sensitivities of pollinators in mind. 2) Support research, remain vigilant regarding the latest research, and adjust your practices as needed. 3) Be part of the solution. Whether you choose to work with industry partners on specifically developed pollinator-friendly programs, or become conscious of areas and plantings that you could incorporate on your property, avenues are available for our industry to be part of the solution. I encourage GCSAA chapters to reach out to your state apiarists as a resource for information. Invite that individual to a meeting or education day to spread the word about pollinators in your area. The more you learn about the role your facilities play in the issue, the better chance you have of being part of the solution. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit community/regions.aspx. (In the field) David Dube, formerly (A) at Recreation Centers of Sun City, is now (A) at Anthem Golf & Country Club-Persimmon Course in Phoenix. Dennis W. Dulaney, formerly (AFCR) at Wilbur Ellis Company, is now (A) at Recreation Centers of Sun City in Sun City. Steve C. Patterson, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Encanto Golf Course, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Maryvale Golf Course in Phoenix. Jake M. Wood, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Las Vegas Golf Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Aquila Golf Course in Laveen. CALIFORNIA Daniel Cutler, formerly (C) at Indian Wells Golf Resort, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells. William J. Hausch, formerly (A) at Nicklaus Club Monterey, is now (AF) at Farmload Distributing in Stockton. Tracey L. Hawkins, formerly (AF) at Profle Products LLC, is now (C) at Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks. Paul R. Mock Jr., formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Calabasas Golf & Country Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Industry Hills at Pacifc Palms Conference Resort in City of Industry. Michael K. Prouty, formerly (C) at Wilshire Country Club, is now (C) at Visalia Country Club in Visalia. Jorge Vergara, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Skylinks Golf Course, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. COLORADO Jason A. Cieslinski, formerly (C) at Colorado Golf Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at The Short Course at Cordillera in Edwards. Kevin M. Kallas, formerly (C) at Murphy Creek Golf Course, is now (C) at Meadow Hills Golf Course in Aurora. Sean Parsons, formerly (C) at Hiwan Golf Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. Craig M. Sloan, formerly (Supt. Mbr.) at Begin Oaks Golf Course, is now (AF) at Begin Oaks Enterprises in Aguilar. CONNECTICUT Stephen B. Wickstrom, formerly (C) at Burning Tree Country Club, is now (Supt. Mbr.) at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich. DELAWARE David F. Ellison Jr., formerly (C) at Newark Country Club, is now (A) at Newark t e r e x e r C a r m e

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