Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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94 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 Q: What can you teach students that you learned as an assistant superintendent? A: Being on time, working hard, and communicating with others. I create a curriculum to problem-solve. That's important no matter your career choice. Q: Who is your main mentor in the industry, and why? A: Mike Nelson, CGCS, at Blue Top Ridge. I spent over nine years there, starting as a crew member during the grow-in and eventually working my way up to being his assistant. To say we fought many battles together would be an understatement. I learned a great deal about the turf management side of the business from him, but it was the example he set as a supervisor, person and family man that I will always admire most. Q: What's the best piece of advice you ever received? A: There hasn't been a single piece of advice, but rather the example that my parents set for my siblings and me through their work ethic, humility, honesty and empathy. They set the bar that I strive for every day. Q: What's your favorite word? A: Persistence. Q: If you could meet anybody, who would it be and why? A: Any of our nation's founding fathers. They were men of courage, wisdom and vision. It would be a fascinating experience. Q: What's your biggest pet peeve? A: Any act of selfishness or inconsideration. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you This past year has been quite a whirlwind for a former Cyclone. Fischer, who turns 35 this month, left his job as an assistant superintendent in July at Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa, and was hired as an instructor in the Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ten months ago, Fischer's stable of children grew to four when his twin sons were born. Now, this month, he will achieve history. For the first time, Kirkwood Community College will participate in the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. "We're very excited, and we look forward to the education and networking opportunities. We've been studying since October. We'll compete," says Fischer, a nine-year member who first attended Kirkwood Community College before earning a degree at Iowa State. Austin Fischer Was: Assistant superintendent, Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside, Iowa Is: Instructor, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Feb. 2-5 — PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Charles Robertson, CGCS Feb. 2-5 — European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Feb. 9-12 — PGA Tour, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.; Chris Dalhamer, CGCS Feb. 9-12 — Tour, Club Colombia Championship by Servientrega, Bogota Country Club, Bogota, Colombia Feb. 9-12 — European Tour, Maybank Championship, Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 16-19 — PGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Matt Morton, superintendent Feb. 16-19 — LPGA, ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Seaton, South Australia Feb. 16-19 — European Tour, ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia Feb. 23-26 — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Jeremiah Lockhart, superintendent Feb. 23-26 — LPGA, Honda LPGA Thailand, Siam Country Club (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand Feb. 23-26 — European Tour, Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa COMING UP Feb. 1 — GCSAA Webcast: Mobile weed manual: A portable resource Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: webcasts MEMBERS ONLY

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