Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 Watson Fellowship grants for Reasor, Gu Eric Reasor, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, and Mengyi "Tina" Gu, a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida, will be attending their first Golf Industry Show this month in Orlando thanks to $5,000 Watson Fellowship grants. The Watson Fellowships are funded by a partnership between The Toro Co. and GCSAA's philanthropic organi - zation, the Environmental Institute for Golf. The fellowship, started in 1998, is named after the late James R. Watson, Ph.D., a vice president for Toro and a pioneer in turfgrass research. The winning students working in postgraduate degree programs have been identified as promising fu - ture teachers and researchers in the field of golf course management. "I feel honored to be a small part of the history of this award," says Reasor, 25, who is studying turfgrass weed science with the hope of becoming a faculty pro - fessor upon graduation in May. "Being in graduate school, we get to go to educational conferences, but I am really looking forward to meeting many of the superintendents who work in the industry. There are some great people in this industry." Gu, like Reasor, was excited to receive the news. "I thought I would never win this," says Gu, 27, who earned her undergraduate degree at Northeast Agriculture Uni - The Heartbreak, RTJ Golf Til at Silv Lakes Gadsden, Ala. Robert Edmonson, GCSAA Class A superintendent One of four nine-hole courses on the trail, The Heartbreaker is considered in some circles to be the most difficult of them all. The final three holes feature dramatic elevation changes — taking golfers from the highest elevation on the property to the lowest — along with breathtaking vistas. Opened in 1993, The Heartbreaker is more than 3,800 yards from the tips and boasts towering pines and undulating fairways. It was temporarily closed following an EF-4 tornado that rocked the area in April 2011, but ultimately re-emerged unbroken. In e spirit of Valentine's Day is mon, GCM takes a look at a handful of courses whe moniks are linked to mas of e heart. Kissing Tree Golf Club San Marc, Texas Justin Becker, director of agronomy Although not slated to open until November, Kissing Tree GC already has quite a history. Sam Houston, a force behind Texas becoming a state, visited San Marcos in 1857 while he was running for governor. Settler ladies, learning of his pending arrival, made a Texas flag and presented it to him, and Houston showed his appreciation by doling out kisses under an oak tree. Kissing Tree GC, part of an age-55-and-up community, will be an 18-hole par-72 at roughly 6,600 yards. Sweetgss Golf Club Harris, Mich. Matthew Sly, superintendent Sweetgrass is an aromatic herb used in Native American peace and healing rituals, and it can be found along this 18-hole championship course, which is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Sweetgrass GC features rolling hills, sweeping vistas, iron bridges and a par-3 island green. Greens are undulated, and water is in play on nine holes. One of the most intriguing characteristics of Sweetgrass GC is the Z-shaped columns in the greenside bunker on the par-4 eighth hole. Sweet spots Re City Golf Course Ptland, Ore. James Heck, superintendent Built in 1923, Rose City GC's name is derived from Portland's nickname, the City of Roses. The second-oldest municipal golf course in Portland and the state, Rose City GC was originally developed as a racetrack. The final event there was a staged locomotive collision organized by the American Legion. The back nine opened in 1927, and, in 1985, the entire course was remodeled, which included an extensive irrigation upgrade. The

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