Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Q: When you became superintendent in March, what did that mean to you? A: A dream come true. Everything I have worked for. It was confirmation that I had made the right choice. Q: What do you like about your role? A: That it's not easy. Every day is a challenge — problems that need to be solved. Coming to work, you know you may have something to do that day you never planned on doing, but I like that type of challenge. Q: Who influenced your career? A: Dave Porter and Chris Jablonski. They were the first two assistants that I worked for. No matter how hot it was or how long the days were, they always found ways to make work fun. Their work ethic and attitude were unbelievable. Q: Is there a piece of equipment you can't do without? A: My computer. More specifically, the internet. With apps like Google, Amazon, The Weather Channel, etc., there are many tools to help me create the best golfing experience that I can for our players. Q: Name your dream concert lineup. A: Barenaked Ladies, the original members, opening for the Beatles. Q: What's your addiction? A: Pretzels! — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Todd Salamone caught a foul ball 10 years ago at the New York Mets' last home game of the season. His older sister, Sharon, was in attendance with him. Sharon, you see, has a way of being there for her younger brother at just the right time. Later on, when Todd was visiting her while she was a student at the University of Rhode Island, Sharon introduced him to a friend's boyfriend who was a turfgrass student. He suggested to Todd that a future as a golf course superintendent may be worth looking into. "We have a big golf family. Golf's in my blood," Todd says. "When he said that I could have a career in golf, a lightbulb came on. Why would I do anything else?" Now, look at what Todd, a 31-year-old, six-year GCSAA member, has become. (Thanks, sis.) "She's always looked out for me. Paid a lot of attention to me growing up. She could have ignored me but chose not to," Todd says. Todd Salamone Was: Assistant superintendent, Village Club of Sands Point (N.Y.) Is: Superintendent, Longshore Golf Course, Westport, Conn. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE July 6-9 — PGA Tour, The Greenbrier Classic, The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.; Kelly Shumate, director of golf course maintenance; Josh Pope, superintendent July 6-9 — Tour, LECOM Health Challenge, Peek'n Peak Resort- Upper Course, Findley Lake, N.Y.; Tom DeKoning, superintendent July 6-9 — LPGA, Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Thornberry Creek at Oneida (Wis.); Steven Archibald, superintendent July 6-9 — European Tour, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, Portstewart Golf Club of Londonderry, Northern Ireland July 7-9 — Symetra Tour, Donald Ross Centennial Classic, French Lick (Ind.) Resort; Brett Fleck, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 13-16 — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.; Alex Stuedemann, GCSAA Class A director of golf course operations July 13-16 — PGA Tour Champions, Constellation Senior Players Championship, Caves Valley Golf Club, Baltimore; Steve Glossinger, CGCS July 13-16 — Tour, Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, Oakridge Country Club, Farmington; Christopher Hart, CGCS July 13-16 — USGA, U.S. Women's Open, Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, N.J.; Rob Wagner, GCSAA Class A director of grounds July 13-16 — European Tour, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, Scotland July 17-22 — USGA, U.S. Junior Amateur, Flint Hills National Golf Club, Andover, Kan.; Paul Jonas, GCSAA Class A superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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