Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 If you weren't careful, bow-and-arrow golf (pictured on Page 20 is Donna Jeanne Hoogerhyde in 1952) could result in a bloody mess. That game spread to the United States in the 1920s. Archers and golfers competed side by side, teeing off from the same spot, with the second shot taken from wherever the frst arrow landed on the ground. The hole for archers was normally a tennis ball perched on top of a can. "Bow-and-arrow golf dates back to medieval times — even King Henry VIII, when men were taken into ex - pansive felds, unleashing arrows, bombing a target," Brooke-Hitching says. Another game was called "phosphorescent golf," and professor of natural philosophy Peter Tait invented the "sport" in the late 1800s. The nocturnal option was made possible by golf balls coated in phosphorescent paint. "These were incredibly intelligent men who approached boredom in their own unique way. An illuminated golf ball made perfect sense," Brooke-Hitching says. It didn't end well, however, for University of Edinburgh professor Alexander Crum Brown. After sinking a putt, he reached into the cup to grab the ball. Simple enough, right? It seemed that way — until Brown's glove burst into fames from the chemical coating on the ball. Other competitions besides golf include barrel jump - ing (didn't Fonzie conquer that on "Happy Days"?), fre- work boxing (asbestos-clad boxers fght with freworks strapped to their bodies) and octopus wrestling (based on arms total, advantage octopus). "A lot of weirdness," Brooke-Hitching says. Rarely do you see or hear of any of these odd sports anymore. Is there a chance that golf itself could vanish? "I think the only possible threat to golf is exclusivity, cutting people out," Brooke-Hitching says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor CEOs roundtable at GIS Leaders of top golf organizations will unite Feb. 10 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego for "CEO Roundtable: Issues and Answers," organized by GCSAA and presented in partnership with the National Golf Course Owners As - sociation (NGCOA). CEOs expected to participate include Rhett Evans, GCSAA; Peter Bevacqua, PGA of America; Jay Karen, NGCOA; and Jeff Morgan, Club Managers As - sociation of America. Geoff Shackelford, a contributor to Golf Digest and The Golf Channel, will serve as the moderator. The round - table, scheduled for an hour starting at 3 p.m., will be held on the main stage, and all GIS attendees are welcome. "We want to take a look at the key initiatives and chal - lenges that are affecting the golf industry, and demon- strate that the leading organizations are committed to working together for the long-term success of the game," says Evans. "We can't meet our challenges in a vacuum, and we have to understand each other's concerns and work together to be successful." The program allows the leaders to share their orga - nizations' specifc insights on key industry challenges, including water use, player development, and delivering proftability. It will also give the golf industry the oppor - tunity to showcase how allied organizations are working together to strengthen advocacy efforts with government policymakers and communicate with golfers of all ages. Melrose Leadership Academy recipients recognized Fifteen superintendents were selected for the 2016 class of the Environmental Institute for Golf's (EIFG) Mel - rose Leadership Academy. The honorees will attend the Golf Industry Show this month in San Diego, where they will participate in networking and leadership activities as well as a variety of educational seminars. Academy members were chosen through an applica - tion process based on fnancial need, volunteerism, and a drive to advance their careers. They are: Troy Alderson, Pendleton (Ore.) Country Club; Michael Bochert, Elk Val - ley Golf Course, Girard, Pa.; Jason Boyce, Smugglers Glen Golf Course, Lansdowne, Ontario; Kevin Collins, Tradition Golf Club, Wallingford, Conn.; Michael Dunk, CGCS, The Trophy Club, Lebanon, Ind.; John Farley, Teal Bend Golf Club, Sacramento, Calif.; James S. Gernander, Kwiniaska Golf Club, Shelburne, Vt.; Kevin Goss, Sugar Creek Golf Course, Villa Park, Ill.; Andy Klein, CGCS, Falcon Ridge Golf Course, Lenexa, Kan.; Brad Marcy, Indian Hills Golf Course, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Chad Oxenreider, Galen Hall Golf Club, Wernersville, Pa.; Chris Richter, Wild Wood Country Club, Rush, N.Y.; Scott Schurman, Kearney (Neb.) Country Club; Thad Thompson, Terry Hills Golf Course, Batavia, N.Y.; and Randal Weeks, Lochmere (N.H.) Golf & Country Club. The Melrose Leadership Academy supports the pro - fessional development of GCSAA members by providing the opportunity to attend the Golf Industry Show. The pro - gram was established in 2012 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is sup - ported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. Tweets RETWEETS Jeffrey Joedicke @jhjoedicke Winter settling in on 18 tee Fred Yelverton @FredYelverton Zoysia needs mowing in late Dec in NC. Good news? or setting ourselves up for winter kill in Feb/Mar? #turf #gcsaa Eddie Roach Jr. @Back9Eddie Become GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador & speak w/lawmakers on issues facing golf #golfadvocacy Scott Reynolds @coscottreynolds Sissis/5/8 tine top dress experiment on heal in time. What's the over/under on the ball mark healing

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