Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 versity in her native China. "It is wonderful that I will get the chance to meet superintendents at the Golf Industry Show and learn more about what is important to them." Gu had planned to study landscaping before she made her first trip to the U.S. in 2011 for a six-month internship at the University of Oklahoma, but says she found herself more and more interested in turfgrass management. She will earn her advanced degree from Florida in July 2018, and is hoping to work in research and development for a golf industry company. "We are proud to partner with GCSAA to recognize Eric and Mengyi for their outstanding accomplishments," says Dana Lonn, managing director of Toro's Center for Advanced Turf Technology. "We look forward to their con - tributions as the next generation of science leaders in the turfgrass community." Watson was a leading authority on turfgrasses and was vice president for customer relations and chief agron - omist for Toro. The winner of the USGA Green Section Award in 1976 and the 1977 Agronomic Service Award from the American Society of Agronomy, Watson was named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America in 1979. He also won the 1991 Harry Gill Memorial Award from the Sports Turf Managers Association, GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award in 1995, and the Donald Rossi Award from the Golf Course Builders Association of America. Van Poucke: Excellence in Government Affairs Award recipient GCSAA Class A superintendent Rory Van Poucke of Apache Sun Golf Club in San Tan Valley, Ariz., has earned the 2017 Excellence in Government Affairs Award from GCSAA for his work advocating for the golf course man - agement profession. GCSAA annually recognizes a chapter, coalition or su - perintendent for outstanding advocacy or compliance ef- forts in government affairs. Van Poucke, a 25-year associ- ation member, was one of the first to join the association's Grassroots Ambassador program when it was launched in 2014, and says it was a way for him to demonstrate his passion for his profession. He will be recognized Feb. 7 at the Opening Night Celebration of the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. In his state, Van Poucke has organized annual water summits and invited Arizona federal and state legislators and regulators to help them better understand water use in the golf industry. He has even run for a seat on the Central Arizona Project board, which controls water distribution to central and southern Arizona. In addition, he is in his sec - ond year as president of the Cactus & Pine GCSA, which covers all of Arizona and represents an industry that deliv - ers $3.9 billion in economic impact to the state. "To be involved in all that GCSAA is doing is satisfy - ing for me," says Van Poucke, who also serves as general manager of the facility and was the course owner, along with his father, until 2005. "From my perspective, what GCSAA is doing is important for superintendents and the entire golf industry. Only by being involved can you make a difference." A native of the Chicago area, where his family owned a 36-hole golf facility, Van Poucke, 56, says he has grown to enjoy advocating for the golf industry. "It was nerve-wracking at first, but it takes time to build trust and earn the respect of legislators and regula - tors," Van Poucke says. "I have attended the last three Na- tional Golf Days in Washington each spring, and it's one of the most fulfilling things I do. Getting involved has opened my eyes to all that we do, and all that we still need to do." GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans says, "Rory Van Poucke has given us a great example of what we can do as environ - mental stewards when we all work together." Preserved in Pennsylvania The several hundred people who signed an on- line petition to save Shepherd Hills Golf Course in Lower Macungie Township in Wescosville, Pa., got their wish, The Morning Call reports. Up for grabs in Colorado Three design firms are vying to land the deal to redesign Denver's City Park Golf Course, according to The Denver Post. The primary need is the incorporation of a drainage area into a fresher layout. An oldie but goodie in Florida At more than 90 years old, Delray Beach Golf Club was selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail's featured course of the month in January, the Palm Beach Post reports. The original nine- hole course operated until it was closed during World War II, and reopened in 1945. Nine holes were added in 1950. Play increases at course in South Carolina The $40,000 invested in improvements at Lancaster (S.C.) Golf Club has spurred a rise in rounds played, according to The Lancaster News. NEWS in the GCSAA Class A superintendent Rory Van Poucke (right, with Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar) has received GCSAA's Excellence in Government Affairs Award. Photo courtesy of Rory Van Poucke

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