Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 Q: How often has your name been mispronounced? A: Seems like a million. About 15 years ago, I won a golf bag from an employee golf outing, and the pro calls me to come up and says "Durscat" numerous times. It took us a bit to figure out who he was calling. To this day, my former boss will remind me of it and continues to call me that. Q: What's your favorite piece of equipment, and why? A: Mini-excavator. There is nothing better than having the ability to use it and the gratification of doing in-house projects. Q: What's your addiction? A: The clubhouse's Nescafé coffee machine. Mocha and double espresso with a touch of Hershey's syrup. Q: If you could have a do-over, what would it be? A: High school. It was a lot of fun. To have the chance to play sports again ... Q: What would be the title of the book about your life? A: "The Long Road." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Only three months into his new job, first-time superintendent John Dzurilla (pronounced "Zurilla") began overseeing a $1.8 million golf course renovation at Kirtland CC. The upgrade, which is still in progress, features a new irrigation system and additional bunkers and tees. With a résumé that includes working under veteran superintendents such as Paul R. Latshaw, winner of GCSAA's 2017 Old Tom Morris Award; Merion Golf Club director of golf operations Matt Shaffer; Eric Greytok, a veteran of two U.S. Opens; and 19-year GCSAA member Chad Mark, whom he replaced at Kirtland, Dzurilla thinks he's ready to take on the challenge. "Without his (Mark's) support, I wouldn't have had this opportunity," says the 14-year GCSAA member. "I learned so much as an assistant; I was more prepared for this than I thought. You learn to stay positive, focused." John Dzurilla Was: Assistant superintendent, Kirtland Country Club, Willoughby, Ohio Is: Superintendent, Kirtland CC (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE March 2-5 — PGA Tour, WGC-Mexico Championship, Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City March 2-5 — European Tour, Tshwane Open, Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa March 9-12 — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.; Ryan Stewart, GCSAA Class A superintendent March 9-12 — European Tour, Hero Indian Open, DLF Golf & Country Club, New Delhi March 16-19 — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.; Christopher Flynn, CGCS, director of grounds March 16-19 — LPGA, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Wildfire Golf Club, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix; G. Todd Norton, GCSAA Class A superintendent and director of grounds March 17-19 — PGA Tour Champions, Tucson Conquistadores Classic, Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National; Michael Petty, GCSAA Class A regional golf course superintendent March 22-26 — PGA Tour, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin (Texas) Country Club; Robert Stringer, CGCS March 23-26 — PGA Tour, Puerto Rico Open, Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Rio Grande March 23-26 — Tour, Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Nacher, Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.; Michael Frantzen, superintendent March 23-26 — LPGA, Kia Classic, Park Hyatt Resort Aviara, Carlsbad, Calif.; Kevin Kienast, CGCS MEMBERS ONLY

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