Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 O U R S E M A N A G E M E N T 0 3 . 1 5 By the NUMBERS teacher that I would never achieve anything. I think initially I shrugged it off and didn't really care," Strutt says, "but later in my career it became my driving force to never give up and allow my high school teacher to be right." 2014 GCSAA president Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, took note of Strutt's deed. "What an incredible professional accomplishment. The commitment demonstrated by Lee to complete the re - quirements for these three certifcation programs speaks to his commitment to education and his desire to learn but also to his commitment to the golf course superintendents' profession and the game of golf as well," Ihms says. Strutt completed the trifecta by adding the MS desig - nation. "The MS was very intense. To try and focus on a whole range of subjects from agronomy to management for the exam with the added pressure of having to answer 300 questions in six hours, effectively one every 90 sec - onds,". . . the 14-year GCSAA member says. A job in agriculture was on Strutt's initial career to-do list. His parents managed a bar before operating the food and beverage department at a golf course, which also ft perfectly into his plan. "I had worked summer holidays and weekends on a local farm and loved being outside, working with machin - ery. It was heaven," Strutt says. "The UK had a downturn in agriculture, so my parents encouraged me to try to ful - fll my outdoor desires by working on the golf course. In- stantly, I took to golf maintenance, especially the smell of cut grass." His frst job at a golf course was Bath Golf Club in England, where Strutt served a three-year apprenticeship under head greenkeeper Derek Cheetham. The journey to this point in Strutt's career has helped him understand what it takes to be successful. "Dedication and never giving up is my goal, and un - derstanding that the route to your goal won't be easy and changing direction is sometimes the only way forward when it feels like you are going backward," Strutt says. "Accept that you will never know everything, but continue to learn toward a better understanding. Be prepared for setbacks, but never give up." Strutt reeled off a list of those people who have made his achievement possible. They include Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club; Jimmy Kidd from Gleneagles in Scotland; David Duke, CGCS, MG at the Golf and Country Club Seddiner See in Germany; Andy Camp - bell, CGCS, MG with Ransomes Jacobsen; Ken Siems, CGCS at Scotland's Pestovo Golf Club; and Eric Foerster, CGCS, MG at Ironbridge Golf Club in Colorado Springs. "I'm indebted to my peers for sharing their great wealth of knowledge and to my mentors for steering me with their wise words, encouragement, faith and trust to keep achieving," he says. It took a while for Strutt to secure all three designa - tions. Fourteen years ago, he reached MG status. In 2004, he began the path toward certifcation with GCSAA but says for personal reasons he placed that goal on the back burner, fnally accomplishing it last year. That is when he embarked on chasing the fnal designation. "No one else has achieved all three, so it's like a boy - hood dream. I could be a pioneer," Strutt says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Golf loses two legends Two golf legends passed away in the frst week of February. Charlie Sifford, the frst African-American to play on the PGA Tour, died Feb. 3. Sifford, 92, was GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award recipient in 2007. He won twice on the PGA Tour and last year became just the third golfer to re - ceive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Billy Casper, 83, died Feb. 7. Casper won three major championships (U.S. Opens in 1959 and 1966 and Mas - ters in 1970). He won 51 times on the PGA Tour, including a streak of at least one victory each year from 1956-71. 2 2 G O L F C O Lee Strutt (right) receives his Master Superintendent certifcate from 2014 Canadian GCSA President Christian Pilson during the BIGGA Turf Management Expo in Harrogate, England. Strutt is the frst superintendent to achieve certifcation from GCSAA, BIGGA and the Canadian GCSA. Photo courtesy of BIGGA B y t h e h t h t h y B y B y B Width (in yards)/square yards of world's smallest championship green, the 5th hole at England's West Essex Golf Club* 14/154 s 5 w Record-setting putting greens 28,000 Square footage of the world's largest championship green, the par-6 No. 5 at the International Club in Bolton, Mass. † -250 Feet below sea level of the world's lowest elevation putting greens, at Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley, Calif. ¶ 11,000 Height (in feet above sea level) of the world's highest golf course greens, at La Paz Golf Club in Bolivia. ¶ Source: * † ¶

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