Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 Hauff honored in Oregon GCSAA Class A superintendent Kathy Hauff is a pioneer, and her mission is getting noticed. In the nearly 100-year history of the Portland, Ore., Parks & Recreation Department, no female had served as a golf course superintendent. Hauff changed all of that seven years ago when she was promoted to the position at Eastmoreland Golf Course. Then, in late 2015, Hauff was recognized for what she has accomplished there when the Oregon Golf Association named Hauff its Superintendent of the Year. "Really, I was shocked," Hauff says about what went through her mind after initially being informed of the honor. "I was pleased, honored and humbled." Hauff has come a long way in the business. The day after she graduated from high school in Idaho, she took a summer job at Hayden Lake Country Club in Hayden, Idaho, working on pine cone patrol. Although she enjoyed the outdoors, Hauff actually had other career aspirations. "I intended on being an art teacher," Hauff says. Her in - terest in art eventually paid off on the golf course, which became her home-away-from-home and, in the process, her future. "I feel it helped me have an eye for aesthetics," says Hauff, who earned a distance-learning degree from Walla Walla University. "For one, I look at the entryway to the clubhouse. We spruce things up if needed. We also want to present the golf course in a beautiful way as far as sus - tainability and playability." An important individual in her journey was superinten - dent Jesse Goodling, whom Hauff worked with for more than a decade at Heron Lakes Golf Club in Portland. "He showed me how to manage people, how to be fair," she says. "The key to managing people is just being fair." Hauff became interim superintendent at Eastmoreland GC early in 2009. Before the year ended, she was asked to fll that role full time. According to GCSAA data, Hauff is one of 55 female Class A, Superintendent Member or International Superintendent Members among more than 17,000 total members. Hauff says gender has never been a driving force in her proving herself. "I never really thought of it. I think people respect me for my perseverance, work ethic and knowledge," says Hauff, who at Eastmoreland has restored putting and chipping areas and reduced the use of fungicides, among other improvements. "It's more just who I am." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Tucker receives Budding Award At 37, Stephen Tucker, equipment manager at Tranquillo Golf Club at Four Seasons in Windermere, Fla., may seem too young to be awarded his profession's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. through an The golf course lens environmental *GCSAA † GCM magazine The turfgrass ecosystem supports more than 100 taxa of non-pest invertebrates, including insects, mites, nematodes, annelids and gastropods. † Golf courses nationwide combine to flter 13 million tons of dust from the air every year. * Golf courses have a cooling effect during the hot summer months. The average temperature on the golf course is usually 5 to 7 degrees cooler than in a residential area, and 7 to 15 degrees cooler than in an urban downtown setting. * Non-turfgrass landscape on a typical 18-hole golf course includes an average of 35 acres dedicated to forests, wetlands, ponds, streams or other specialized habitats. * Between 2005 and 2013, golf facilities in the U.S. that had reduced their number of irrigated acres rose from 20 percent to 35 percent. During the same period, facilities that use recycled water increased from 10.9 percent to 15.3 percent. * The Kathy Hauff, GCSAA Class A superintendent (right) at Eastmoreland Golf Course in Portland, Ore., was selected Oregon Golf Association Superintendent of the Year. Photo courtesy of Kathy Hauff

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