Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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86 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 Brian W. Tanner, formerly (B) at Princeville Golf Resort, is now (B) at Discovery Land Co. in Scottsdale. ARKANSAS Andrew M. Boughner, formerly (S) at Penn State University-World Campus, is now (S) at The Alotian Club in Roland. CALIFORNIA Jonathan Dees, formerly (B) at Victoria Club, is now (B) at Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles. Erik Dunster, formerly (C) at TPC Stonebrae, is now (B) at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward. Richard Fioretto, formerly (A) at Chatham-The Villages, is now (A) at BrightView in Calabasas. Jordan M. Gilmore, formerly (C) at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is now (C) at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course in San Clemente. Craig A. Howard, formerly (C) at The Lakes Country Club, is now (B) at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert. Cody Layton, formerly (B) at Eagle Crest Golf Club, is now (B) at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Cody J. Stewart, formerly (B) at PGA West Private Golf Courses, is now (AF) at High Tech Irrigation in Ventura. Eric W. Ullrich, formerly (B) at Sunset Hills Country Club, is now (A) at Woodland Hills Country Club in Woodland Hills. Geffory K. Ward, formerly (B) at Reidy Creek Golf Course, is now (B) at Mission Trails Golf Course in San Diego. Michael S. Williams, formerly (A) at Newport Beach Golf Course, is now (A) at Shandin Hills Golf Club in San Bernardino. Brian R. Young, formerly (C) at Victoria Club, is now (C) at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. David F. Younger, formerly (A) at Palm Beach National Golf Club, is now (A) at BrightView in Calabasas. Craig F. Zellers, formerly (AF) at Zellers-Plageman Just Add Water LLC, is now (AF) at Golf Irrigation Consultants in Del Mar. COLORADO Thurman W. Coker, formerly (C) at South Lakes Golf Course, is now (AS) at Roaring Fork Club in Basalt. Central Plains Steve Randall Back in November, GCSAA board member John Walker and I visited Nebraska to participate in the 2016 Nebraska Golf Summit. Roughly 100 industry representatives were on hand, including superintendents, golf professionals and club managers. The Nebraska GCSA held its annual meeting at the event, where it presented its Super - intendent of the Year award to Craig Ferguson of Lochland Country Club in Hastings. John and I gave a presentation focused on GCSAA initiatives, and Steve Merkel, CGCS, director of golf course agronomy at Landscapes Unlimited, spoke about the importance of developing best management practices. The Nebraska GCSA is aiming to have a BMP template established by the end of 2018. The following day, John and I met with turf students at the University of Nebraska-Lin - coln, who shared their plans for securing jobs in the profession after they graduate. John discussed his own career and how he'd made sure to step outside his normal boundaries to find solid employment. Nebraska GCSA past president and UNL gradu - ate Chad Giebelhaus, superintendent at Crooked Creek Golf Club in Lincoln, joined us to offer industry insight and advice. While in the Cornhusker State, John and I also made stops at three courses, starting with Pioneers Golf Course, a City of Lincoln facility that serves the southwest quadrant of town. Superintendent Matt Noble keeps the player-friendly course in excellent condition with a small staff and budget. Casey Crittenden, CGCS, oversees Holmes Golf Course and is also the supervisor for superintendents at City of Lincoln courses. Since Crittenden assumed the position a few years ago, the courses have begun to turn a profit. In fact, Nebraska as a whole has noted an uptick in revenues and rounds over the past three years. Our final visit was to Omaha's Johnny Goodman Golf Course, one of eight run by the city, where George Barth is superintendent. John and I enjoyed meeting so many people during our whirlwind 2½ days in Nebraska, and we're excited about the ambitious attitude toward golf in the state. South Central Brian Cloud On Dec. 6, the North Texas GCSA held its annual Crew and Assistant Cham- pionship at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Texas. The North Texas chapter does a great job of recognizing and treating the hardworking staff members from courses around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. More than 100 crew members and assistants competed, and several superintendents and vendor reps came out to help pamper the golfers. The Central Texas GCSA does a similar event in October, with a twist: Each participant donates a prize from their course for a drawing at the end of the tournament, so everyone goes home with a cool memento. I enjoy attending and helping with these events each year, especially the North Texas GCSA gathering, as I helped get it started when I was a chapter leader. It's near and dear to my heart, and a nice way to interact with the folks who help make superintendents look great on a daily basis. For the latest updates from all of GCSAA's field staff representatives, go to community/regions. (in the field) GCSAA board member John Walker (left) tours Pioneers GC with superintendent Matt Noble. Photo by Steve Randall From left: Juan Hernandez, Coby Morrow, Javier Guereca and Jordan Young of Northwood Club in Dallas at the North Texas GCSA Crew and Assistant Championship. Photo by Brian Cloud

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