Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 USGA Annual Meeting goes green Golf course management found itself front and center during the USGA's Annual Meeting, which took place in New York City in early February. From the presentation of the USGA Green Section Award and discussions of environmental sustainability, green speeds and water usage on golf courses to the up - coming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course near Ta- coma, Wash., it was clear that matters important to golf course superintendents were also important to the current leadership of the USGA. During an acceptance speech following his election to a second one-year term as the 63rd president of the USGA, Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr., said the true champion of 2014's back-to-back men's and women's U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2 was "water conservation." "As we saw at Pinehurst, managing water usage can simultaneously decrease maintenance costs and increase golf's enjoyment and challenge if executed properly," he said. Later in his speech, O'Toole formally recognized Paul L. Carter, CGCS, who heads maintenance at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay (Tenn.), as one of the "true champions of the game," as an acknowledgement of Carter's many environ - mental accomplishments in golf, including GCSAA's 2015 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. "Golf needs more champions like Paul Carter, people who are willing to take these matters seriously and act to spread environmental responsibility throughout golf," O'Toole said. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis joined the envi - ronmental chorus during a news conference, saying, "We believe in terms of resource management that less water on a golf course is a very good thing. It's a good thing in terms of water and the environment, but it's also a good thing in playing and making the game enjoyable." The golf course management theme continued during the USGA's presentation of its annual awards, as Patricia J. Vittum, Ph.D., was offcially presented with the USGA Green Section Award, which acknowledges the recipient's distinguished service to the game through his or her work with turfgrass. A professor in the University of Massachusetts' Stock - bridge School of Agriculture, Vittum has focused her re- search on the biology and management of turfgrass in- sects and the effectiveness of biological-control methods. She is the principal author of the second edition of "Turf - grass Insects of the United States and Canada," widely regarded as the leading publication on turf entomology. PGA Merchandise Show draws more than 41,000 The 62nd annual PGA Merchandise Show in January in Orlando featured visitors from 79 countries. More than 41,000 people, including PGA profession - als, buyers and industry leaders (GCSAA members and staff among them) were in attendance. More than 6,600 PGA professionals were there, which is a 6 percent in - crease compared with 2014. Last call for MVT nominations Nominations for GCM 's 2015 Most Valuable Tech- nician Award (MVT), presented in partnership with Foley United, are due no later than March 27. The MVT program is designed to honor the best and brightest golf course equipment technicians in the indus - try, the men and women who play such a key role in keep- ing the tools of golf course maintenance up and running. Nominations will be narrowed to a feld of three f - nalists by a team of industry judges. GCM readers and GCSAA members will then be able to review the résumés and qualifcations of the fnalists and vote online for their favorite in April. The winner of the MVT contest is sched - uled to be announced in July's issue of GCM. Go online to www.gcsaa.org and search "Most Valu - able Technician" to locate the nomination form. Joe Stefanick, equipment technician at Seven Lakes Golf and Tennis Community in Fort Myers, Fla., earned the MVT Award in 2014 and was featured during the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. ticipated in the turf rebate program and removed 21 acres of turf that is being transformed into natural areas, etc. Superintendent Jesse Seguin fgures this is the future of golf in California. And, perhaps elsewhere. "Like I said to my GM, it's the future of golf. Something needed to be done. I defnitely think it's something every - body should understand because it impacts our industry," Seguin said. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Nearly three decades later, Mitchell says goodbye When Penny Mitchell started at GCSAA, its current headquarters was nothing but a piece of land. No doubt, though, she left an imprint there. Mitchell, senior manager, certifcation, retired Feb. 6 after 28 years at GCSAA. On her last day, current and for - mer GCSAA employees gathered at a local establishment to say their goodbyes. "When I walked into the offce all those years ago, I defnitely was not thinking about a career — just a job," says Mitchell, who was recalling the association's former location at nearby Alvamar Golf Club before it moved into its current headquarters in 1991. "So thank you, GCSAA, for making a lifetime career possible for me." Watson grant recipients announced Phillip Vines, David Jesperson and Charles (Chas) Schmid each received $5,000 grants as part of GCSAA's Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program. Vines is a graduate student in turfgrass pathology at Mississippi State University; Jesperson and Schmid are doctoral students at Rutgers University. The Watson fel - lowship is funded by a partnership between The Toro Co. and GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmen - tal Institute for Golf. The fellowship is named in honor of the late James R. Watson, Ph.D., a Toro vice president who pioneered turf - grass research. The recipients, students working toward postgraduate degrees, have been identifed as promising future teachers and researchers in the feld of golf course management. They received all-expenses-paid trips to the Golf Industry Show last month in San Antonio. Patricia J. Vittum, Ph.D. (center), receives the USGA Green Section Award from Kimberly Erusha (left), managing director of the Green Section, and William L. Katz, a member of the USGA Executive Committee. Photo © USGA/Chris Keane

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