Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 Human nature Superintendent Mark Condos has an affnity for patrons and animals alike, which makes for an environmentally friendly haven worthy of top ELGA honors. His mother, Arlene, loved to inform friends and family that their house on Southeast First Avenue in Deerfeld Beach, Fla., doubled as her young son's menagerie. Mark Condos, you see, possessed (still does, too) a fascination with and a caring de - meanor for animals of all shapes, sizes and species. He raised mice, hamsters, chickens, ducks, rabbits, parakeets, and all of the marine life that he could catch or buy. "Mom would say to people, 'Come look at the zoo.' It was a good life for me," Condos says, "and I treated every creature that I had well." Although multiple decades have passed, Condos has not changed his caretaking ways, and now, he's being rewarded for it. Condos, 57, a 22-year GCSAA member who oversees Las Positas Golf Course in Liver - more, Calif., has been chosen as the winner in the national Overall and Public divisions of the 2015 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGAs), which are presented annually by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird's Golf Division. Condos is joined by Dave Davies, CGCS, and Jason Honeyball, the other national and international ELGA honorees. The trio will be recognized during the Opening Session at this month's Golf Industry Show in San Diego. "I'm grateful to everybody who supplies me the opportunity to do what I do," Con - dos says. Yet it takes someone to lead the way, says Scott Carrier, vice president of agronomy for Arcis Golf, and he is sure that Condos has the credentials. "He is a great guy. A born leader," Carrier says. "His staff respects him. They want to do right by him. Receiving an ELGA takes more than buying in. Everybody has to be bought in. I don't think you can do it by yourself, but you can't do it without good leadership. Mark exudes that type of quality in spades." Superintendent Mark Condos (right) and foreman Sergio Diaz adjust a kestrel nest on the grounds of Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, Calif. Photos courtesy of Mark Condos m t h b y 2015 elga 0

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