Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 As I mentioned in an earlier column, one of the responsibilities — and, really, one of the perks — of serving as GCSAA president is the opportunity to represent the association at some of the biggest events in golf. I had another of those opportunities last month when the 117th U.S. Open came to Erin Hills. There was just one problem — at the exact same time, my facility was playing host to one of the biggest events on its annual calendar, the Metropolitan Open, which this year brought 115 professional players to the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.) to compete for $25,000 in prize money. But that wasn't all. Not long after we'd put the Metropolitan Open to bed for the year, we immediately had to turn our attention to preparations for two other significant events headed to St. Albans: both the boys and girls versions of the Junior PGA Championship, with the girls coming to town in mid-July, and the boys arriving just 10 days following the conclusion of the girls' event. Clearly, this was a dilemma — the respon - sibilities of serving GCSAA and the golf course management industry running head on into the responsibilities we all have as golf course superintendents. Do I travel to Wisconsin for a week of meetings and networking at the U.S. Open, leaving my team at St. Albans to man - age preparations for one of the busiest tourna- ment stretches we'd seen in several years? Or do I shift the burden of representing the associ - ation to my fellow board members — who are likely just as busy as I am at their home courses — so I can tend to my duties back in St. Louis? Ultimately, I chose the latter, passing on the trip to Wisconsin in favor of staying home for what turned out to be a very successful Metropolitan Open that set the stage nicely for the work yet to come during this summer's Junior PGA Championships. In the end, I didn't suffer much regret because of my deci - sion. Instead, making the call that I did sim- ply reaffirmed one of the characteristics of our business that I appreciate the most, and that's the spirit of teamwork that infuses almost ev - erything we do. When it came to the U.S. Open, my fellow board members were quick to offer their assis - Bill Maynard, CGCS Twitter: @BillatStAlbans A helping hand Making the call that I did simply reaffirmed one of the characteristics of our business that I appreciate the most, and that's the spirit of teamwork that infuses almost everything we do. (president's message) tance, to put aside whatever pressing matters they might be dealing with on their own golf courses to help me out. In particular, I can't thank vice president Darren Davis, CGCS, enough for stepping up to take my place at Erin Hills, joining secretary/treasurer Rafael Barajas, CGCS, and director John Fulling, CGCS, in spreading GCSAA's message and furthering the association's agenda among our partners and friends who were on hand for the U.S. Open. And at home, instead of being over - whelmed by the prospect of my absence dur- ing the Metropolitan Open, my team at St. Albans seemed galvanized by it. They stepped up whenever and wherever asked, so when I ul - timately decided to remain in St. Louis for the tournament, many of the biggest challenges we'd anticipated and the tasks we needed to conquer had already been taken care of. It all made for a relatively efficient and problem-free tournament week. In my first five messages as GCSAA presi - dent, I have used this space to emphasize many of the benefits of GCSAA membership and how those benefits have personally paid dividends in my career as a superintendent. This is just another installment that conveys a similar lesson. For me, membership in GCSAA has been a great way to meet people and forge relation - ships with others in golf course management. These are people who become our colleagues and our friends, and who are willing and able to step up and assist in times of need. That was the case for me as I wrestled with my deci - sion last month, and I know that if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, the ben - efit of that camaraderie, that teamwork of GCSAA membership will become evident to you as well. Bill Maynard, CGCS, is the director of golf course mainte- nance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.) and a 30-year member of GCSAA.

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