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01.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 155 demand, the program has changed to an all-online format for employees working in these industries. Pictured from left to right are Kyle Brown, Ph.D., retired instructor; Bobby Weed, alumnus and golf course architect; John Wildmon, retired instructor; David Robinson, alumnus and director with Marriott Golf; B.J. Cannon, retired instructor; Mark Henderson, alumnus and golf course superintendent; Kevin Downing, alumnus and golf course/landscape consultant; Jerry Cheesman, Ph.D., retired program director; John R. Piersol, executive director at Florida Gateway College; Chris Leahy, alumnus and superintendent; Anthony Baur, alumnus and superintendent; and Joe Petersen, incoming online program coordinator. Select Source has expanded its sales force with the addition of Cody Freeman as the Midwest territory manager. Hailing from Fairfield, Iowa, Freeman got his first taste of the sports turf industry through coaching high school baseball and football in his hometown. After college, he interned at Iowa State University, using his knowledge to assist the turf operations on all the univer- sity's sports fields. He has since worked for the Denver Broncos, Golf Enviro Systems and Green King Turf, gaining experience that will allow him to provide turf solutions to Select Source customers. The golf course at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in southwest Florida has reopened following a redesign by John Sanford of Sanford Golf Design in collaboration with Jack Nicklaus. The redesign represents a total reinvention of the golf experience at The Naples Hotel & Golf Club to bring it in line with the rest of the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort, and to enhance the guest and group experience. The new par-71 golf course takes advantage of its sandy soil to play fast and firm. These conditions will encourage greater shotmaking, allowing running shots into new, gently contoured greens with room for multiple hole locations. Five sets of tees enable the course to range from 4,800 yards to more than 6,900 yards. The layout has been entirely redesigned to improve playability for golfers of all levels, and to emphasize the property's beachfront character. Water comes into play on numerous occasions, from the opening tee shot to the final approach to the 18th green. The course's 10 lakes form hazards on all but four of the course's holes. The fresh design also introduces two double greens, one of which is shared by the drivable par-4 second hole and the par-3 eighth hole, and the second shared by the par-5 third hole and the par-4 15th. Another highlight of the new course is the signature 16th hole, a par 3 that plays to a Redan-style green. PGA Golf Professional of the Year Cary Cozby and PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Adams headlined an impressive contingent of PGA of America national award recipients honored at the 100th PGA annual meeting Nov. 9 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The event was emceed by Golf Channel host Dave Marr III. Cozby, the PGA director of golf at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., is the 63rd person to receive the PGA Golf Profes- sional of the Year Award. Adams, of Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., was named the 2016 PGA Teacher of the Year for his "outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach." He has taught golf to four U.S. Presidents, and is regularly recognized as one of the finest teachers in the U.S. Adams is also known for his passion for "teaching the teacher," supporting the career growth of his fellow PGA professionals. Diana Murphy has been nominated to serve a second one-year term as the 64th president of the USGA , as the organization prepares for its 123rd year of service to the game of golf. In addition, three candidates have been newly nominated for the 15-member executive commit- tee: Thomas Barkin , Stephen Beebe and William Siart . Their collective experience encompasses expertise in strategic planning and nonprofit leadership, as well as a passion for environmental sustainability. If elected at the USGA's annual meeting on Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C., they will replace retiring members William Fallon, Malcolm Holland and Asuka Nakahara. Three courses and one clubhouse in the Omni Hotels & Resorts Golf Collection are under- going improvements as part of Omni's commitment to its premier golf destinations coast to coast. Included among these are two of Omni's most his- toric properties: the Omni Bedford Springs in Bedford, Pa., and the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. A new clubhouse will be unveiled at Omni Bedford Springs in summer 2017, which will boast an architectural design that reflects the integrity of the resort, a National Historic Landmark established in 1804. The clubhouse overlooks the Old Course, an American classic designed by Spencer Oldham (1895), A.W. Tillinghast (1912) and Donald Ross (1923). The Omni Homestead is enhancing its Cascades Course, a mountain course designed by architect William S. Flynn in the 1920s. Most of the work will involve tree removal in key areas to expose the creeks running along several fairways while affecting strategy and shot selection throughout the layout. The Omni Homestead is also home to the Old Course, completed by Flynn in 1892 and home of the nation's oldest first tee in continuous use. Both courses are scheduled to reopen April 7. The first of two course renovations has been finished at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate , home to two championship Greg Norman-designed courses and the world headquarters of the Leadbetter Golf Academy. The International Course has reopened for the winter season after undergoing a complete restoration of all 18 greens and greenside bunker complexes to return them to their original size, look and feel. Next up, the National Course, also at Omni Orlando, is set to undergo a similar restoration project in spring. The upgrade is part of a multifaceted $40 million expansion. Omni UPGRADES The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club