Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 "This is a surreal experience for me. To be honest, my whole family is a bit jealous, and I don't blame them." This is the 16th year that Toro and the NFL have offered the opportunity to students in the turfgrass management field. To be considered, a student must be in the second year of a two-year program or in the third year of a four-year program. "I learned about the internship a little bit past the deadline last year, so I was disappointed," said McLaughlin, a Southern California native who will graduate in May. McLaughlin can count this recent highlight among an - other: first place in the 2016 Sports Turf Manager's Asso- ciation Challenge. Toro has partnered with the NFL for on-site equipment since 1967, and in 2003, it established the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program, which annually recognizes a student who has shown leadership in turf - grass management. The winning student also has the op- portunity to learn from industry experts while assisting the grounds crew for the Super Bowl. "Students within the turfgrass industry have bene - fited from Toro's partnership with the NFL for the past 15 years," says Dale Getz, sports fields and grounds sales manager at Toro. "We are pleased to support and aid in the development of future turfgrass professionals." USGA announces championship sites The USGA has selected Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, N.C., and The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., as the host sites for the 2019 and 2021 U.S. Senior Ama - teur Championships, respectively. The 2019 Senior Amateur, to be contested Aug. 24- 29, will be the first USGA championship at Old Chatham. Brian Powell, CGCS, director of agronomy, is a 25-year GCSAA member. Designed in 2001 by Rees Jones, who has renovated seven U.S. Open courses, Old Chatham sits on 400 acres of protected pine woodlands on the north - east shore of Jordan Lake. Jones completed a course en- hancement project in 2012, which added undulations to six greens and introduced nine new bunkers and 45,000 native North American grass plants. The Honors Course will host its first Senior Amateur and sixth USGA championship Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2021. Superintendent Will Misenhimer is a 16-year association member. Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983, The Honors Course sits at the foot of White Oak Moun - tain, near Chattanooga. The 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur will be the sixth USGA championship conducted at The Honors Course, which was also the site of the 1996 and 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Championships, won by Tiger Woods and Scott Langley, respectively. Happy 90th, CMAA In January 1927 at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, the first Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) an - nual meeting convened. Ninety years later, CMAA can say how far it has come. An estimated 100 club managers attended that initial event. Today, CMAA has 6,700 members throughout the U.S. and internationally. Its members operate more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, town and yacht clubs. The association's objectives are to promote relation - ships between club management professionals and other similar professions. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., with 44 professional chapters and more than 45 stu - dent chapters and colonies. A new look in North Texas Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in Arlington, Texas, has undergone an $18.3 million reno - vation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, which includes new water features and bunker enhancements. http://goo.gl/wKyvqN Sacramento courses deal with downpour Numerous courses in Sacramento, Calif., were left soaked and unplayable by recent heavy rains in the region, including Campus Commons Golf Course, which was closed for a month, according to The Sacramento Bee. http://goo.gl/fGzBWk Improvement approval in Indiana City bonds were approved to secure a new irrigation system for Beechwood Golf Course in La Porte, Ind., The Michigan City News-Dispatch reports. http://goo.gl/mwRDbn Mickelson buying Arizona course Golf major champion Phil Mickelson is heading a group that is purchasing Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., according to The Arizona Republic. http://goo.gl/vQpUC7 NEWS in the Turf student Sean McLaughlin (pictured at a stadium in Los Angeles) won a trip to Houston to help set the stage for Super Bowl LI. Photo courtesy of Sean McLaughlin

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