Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 just completed its BMPs, so we knew it was going to be our next project," says the 18-year GCSAA member and superintendent at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, Md. "The BMP initiative was obviously a good idea, espe - cially when considering that a few Maryland counties have looked at banning pesticides. We've already worked hard to keep golf courses exempt from regulations and commu - nicate the benefits of the green spaces we manage, so the BMPs would further endorse that." GCSAA's easy-to-use BMP Planning Guide and Tem - plate is available online at www.gcsaa.org and is funded and supported by the USGA. The BMP grant program provides funding through the EIFG to chapters for devel- oping new guides or updating existing guides, or for veri- fication programs. Walker named to GCSAA field staff John Walker, who has been a golf course superinten- dent in Texas for 30 years, has been named the field staff representative for the South Central region of GCSAA. Walker, a 31-year association member, joins the GCSAA staff following four years as director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club in Mont - gomery, Texas. He has also worked as the golf course su- perintendent at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas; Shadow Hawk Country Club and Houstonian Country Club in Richmond, Texas. Walker was chosen from a field of many quality candidates for the job through a rigorous in - terview process. Walker has served on numerous national committees and was in his second year as a GCSAA board member, a position he has relinquished since being hired as a member of the association staff. Walker is also a former president of both the South Texas GCSA and the Lone Star GCSA, and he served on the board of directors of the Texas Turf - grass Association. Walker is now the GCSAA liaison for af- filiated chapters in Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. GCSAA has nine regional field staff members who maintain direct communication with 98 affiliated chapters. With Walker leaving the nine-member national board, past president Keith Ihms, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance at Bella Vista (Ark.) Village, has been ap - pointed to temporarily fill his vacated position until the 2018 annual meeting at the Golf Industry Show in San An - tonio in February. At that time, Ihms, a 36-year association member, will resign from the board, and an appointment will be made to fill the final year of Walker's two-year term, according to GCSAA bylaws. Smart Irrigation Month begins Advancing its mission of promoting efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association (IA) is once again recognizing July as Smart Irrigation Month. Now in its 13th year, Smart Irrigation Month promotes the social, economic and en - vironmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricul - ture irrigation. New in 2017 is Irrigation Technology Tuesday. Technol - ogy Tuesday on July 11 will serve as the kickoff to Smart Irrigation Month. IA members along with companies and or - ganizations celebrating Smart Irrigation Month, are encour- aged to use the second Tuesday in July as the day to jointly celebrate all that efficient irrigation has to offer. Follow the IA on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/IrrigationAssociation ) and Twitter (@IrrigationAssoc) for updates. Courses land USGA championships The USGA recently announced future sites for several of its upcoming championship events. • Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., will hold the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. The dates are Aug. 5-11. It will be the third USGA championship at Old Waverly. One of them was the U.S. Women's Open in 1999. Superintendent Bradley Suggs is a 23-year GCSAA member. • Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club will host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship, Aug. 24-29. It will be the first USGA championship held in Cedar Rapids. Tom Feller, CGCS, is a 28-year GCSAA member at the club. • A historic facility will host the 2020 U.S. Senior Open. Newport (R.I.) Country Club, one of the five founding members of the USGA, will welcome the event June 25-28. Newport CC is the site of the inaugural U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in 1895. GCSAA Class A superintendent Christopher Coen is a 12-year associa - tion member. • Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., will host the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion - ship. The dates are Aug. 29-Sept. 3. It will be CC of Detroit's first USGA championship since Arnold Palmer won the U.S. Amateur in 1954. GCSAA Class A superintendent Ross Miller is a 14-year associa - tion member. • Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., will host the 2022 Curtis Cup Match. The 42nd annual event is scheduled June 10-12, and it will be the 19th USGA champion - ship at Merion, the most by any club. Paul B. Latshaw, CGCS, oversees Merion. He is a 30-year member of GCSAA. New name for an old course Maple Brook Country Club was known as Char- lotte (Mich.) Country Club for nearly 90 years, but new ownership has big plans to renovate and refurbish it as a public facility, the Lansing State Journal reports. http://goo.gl/Kmh69Q Smart move Major golf champion Greg Norman has partnered with Verizon Ventures to invest in developing a smart golf course, Forbes reports. The technology offers golfers and other athletes instant video analysis. http://goo.gl/FY4U3s Wishful thinking out West The Burbank, Calif., city council is working with the owner of DeBell Golf Course to try to increase its profitability, the Los Angeles Times reports. The efforts will address an irrigation system that dates to the 1960s. http://goo.gl/La9TuK A revival in Nevada? Five years after closing, D'Andrea Golf Course in Sparks, Nev., may be revived as a nine-hole facility that includes an event center and homes, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. http://goo.gl/wYhn8W NEWS in the

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