Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 Vincent, who oversees The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C., created a half-scale mini Death Valley foot - ball feld on The Great Lawn, an area that leads to the clubhouse's front door. Clemson certainly was hospitable in the effort, loaning Vincent the stencil and exact orange paint for the Tiger paw logo emblazoned 36 feet by 36 feet at midfeld. Oh, and did we mention that Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is a member at The Reserve at Lake Ke - owee? The university has a strong relationship with the facility, which is a private club. "It has been a fun, different thing for us to get to do," says Vincent, a 17-year member of GCSAA. The task was completed before Christmas, and Vin - cent says it took approximately 30 man-hours. He was aided and supported in the process by his entire staff, especially assistants Bradley Robins and Mark Stephens. They mowed the 419 bermudagrass feld to half an inch. "The big challenge was the timing," Vincent says. "Re - ally, it's got to be 40, 45 degrees to paint something like that, or it will liquefy. It got down to the low 20s at night and not above 50 during the day, so we were closely mon - itoring air temperatures each day that we worked on it." Vincent understood the magnitude of the job — es - pecially for Clemson, which is located 16 miles from The Reserve at Lake Keowee. "Their logo, as it is for any college team, is pretty im - portant to them," Vincent says. "It (Clemson lending its tools) shows a lot of trust in us, their respect for us as a club." Since its inception, Vincent's project has gotten some use. He says fag football games have been played on it, and children have tossed around a football there from time to time. It has received national attention from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and other media outlets. "It's been a great way for us to say, 'Hey, look who we are, look what our maintenance team can do.' The support that we got from the club has been great. The whole thing has really been nice," Vincent says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor In just 16 years on the job, however, Tucker helped form a national membership organization for golf course equipment managers, oversaw development of the frst recognized certifcate program for technicians, and ush - ered the organization's members into the next phase of opportunities. For his efforts, Tucker has been honored with GCSAA's 2015 Edwin Budding Award. Previously pre - sented by the International Golf Course Equipment Manag- ers Association (IGCEMA), the award is given annually to equipment managers and related innovators, technicians, educators or engineers who have made a signifcant im - pact in the golf and turf business. It is named after the inventor of the mower, and is presented in partnership with Ransomes/Jacobsen. In January, Tucker was presented with the award at the British and International Golf Greenkeepers' Associ - ation Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate, England. "It's very humbling to be chosen for the Budding Award," says Tucker. "But I feel that I still have a lot more to do in the industry. I would also not be where I am with - out all the leaders and volunteers I had with me. I want to accept the award on behalf of all those guys." Tucker, a graduate of Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College), was instrumental in the formation of IGCEMA in 2007. IGCEMA eventually became a partner in the annual Golf Industry Show and established a certifcate program that recognized technicians for demonstrating profciency in six key competencies. Tucker served as the frst president of IGCEMA. "Stephen Tucker truly personifes the ideas behind the Budding Award," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "His innovative thinking helped establish a network of knowl - edge and camaraderie for equipment managers from coast to coast. His efforts not only benefted equipment managers, but the facilities they serve and the industry as a whole." In 2015, GCSAA and IGCEMA approved a member - ship union between the two organizations. IGCEMA dis- solved, and GCSAA began offering an equipment manager membership classifcation, which helps provide for greater professional development and networking opportuni - ties for equipment managers. As part of the agreement, GCSAA took over the Edwin Budding Award. A golf homage to Clemson In football terms, consider this a touchdown for Chris Vincent, CGCS. Surely, Vincent is scoring points with Clemson Tigers fans, even though the top-ranked Tigers lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship game Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Top: Chris Vincent, CGCS, helped produce a mini Clemson football feld at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Photo courtesy of The Reserve at Lake Keowee Bottom: Painting the Tiger paw orange was part of 30 man-hours of work on the project. Photo by Chris Vincent

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