Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 branch, and federal agencies on Capitol Hill to discuss golf's 15,000-plus diverse businesses, 2 million employ - ees, tax revenue creation and tourism value. "With 2016 being an election year, it's even more im - portant for political leaders to understand the impact our industry has on local communities and millions of Ameri - cans," says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation. The 2015 National Golf Day, held last April, was the most successful to date, with more than 120 scheduled Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the # NGD15 Twitter campaign eclipsed 37 million impressions and reached 19.8 million accounts, including 3.3 million users in just one hour. Use # NGD16 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Insta - gram to show support for this year's event. EPA releases frst neonicotinoid risk assessment In January, the EPA announced that a preliminary pol- linator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid shows a threat to some pollinators. The EPA's assessment, prepared in collaboration with California's Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that at - tract pollinators. "Delivering on the president's National Pollinator Strategy means the EPA is committed not only to protect - ing bees and reversing bee loss, but for the frst time as- sessing the health for the neonicotinoid pesticides," says Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Offce of Chemi - cal Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Using science as our guide, this preliminary assessment refects our collabora - tion with the state of California and Canada to assess the results of the most recent testing required by the EPA." One for the ages Four men, all of them 87 or older, have made a habit of playing golf twice a week for more than two decades now on a California course, the Los Angeles Times reports. socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-1225-long - time-golfers-20151224-story.html Later, Indiana The warmest December on record in northeast Indiana allowed many golf courses to remain open later than usual in 2015, according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. com/news/local/Local-golf-courses-take- advantage-of-pleasant-December Saying goodbye in Wyoming Joe Fernau, CGCS and a 36-year member of GCSAA, retired last month at a municipal course in Wyoming. The Casper Star Tribune documented his career. local/after-years-caring-for-casper-s-public- golf-course-superintendent/article_ b89d3b66-4cc9-5960-ba13-1a6794 4910d1.html College coach selling his course University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes (who previously coached at Texas for 17 seasons) plans to sell his South Carolina golf course, according to barnes-golf-course-south-carolina NEWS in the Dennis Lyon, CGCS, was named Superintendent of the Century in Colorado. Photo by Steve Puppe Lyon adds another to honor list Of all the honors that Dennis Lyon, CGCS, has re- ceived throughout his decorated career, the most recent one ranks pretty high. Late in 2015, Lyon was selected as the Golf Course Superintendent of the Century at a gala that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Golf Association. "I was very excited and humbled," Lyon tells GCM. "I felt it was an opportunity to carry the fag for the golf course superintendent, and give some recognition to su - perintendents and all of their contributions to the success and enjoyment of the game by millions of golfers over the past 100 years here in Colorado." Lyon, a 42-year member of GCSAA who oversaw golf operations for the city of Aurora, Colo., for more than three decades, served as GCSAA president in 1989. He received the association's Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award in 2013, and was honored with the USGA Green Section Award in 2011. In 2005, Lyon was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Others who were honored at the Colorado event in - cluded Hale Irwin (male player of the century), Barbara McIntire (female player of the century), Charles "Vic" Kline (golf professional of the century), Will F. Nicholson (man of the century) and Judy Bell (woman of the century). The gala also featured Jack Nicklaus, who discussed his career with The Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte. National Golf Day set for May 18 We Are Golf — a coalition of the game's leading as- sociations, including GCSAA — announced that National Golf Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. National Golf Day celebrates the game's nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, and numerous environmental and ftness benefts. Industry leaders meet with members of Congress, the executive

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