Golf Course Management

OCT 2017

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82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.17 Q: You were the superintendent 10 years ago at International Links Miami. Why did you leave Bayer to become a superintendent again? A: It was a great experience at Bayer (Rowland was head of research and development for Bayer's new nematicide Indemnify). We had a very successful launch, and the product was selling itself through word of mouth, so I thought it was a good time to get back to Florida since I still owned property there and my mom had just retired. Q: What's your favorite word and why? A: "Consistency." Being consistent is valuable in academia, golf course management, and life. It makes it easier for you to work with and be understood by others, and perform everyday tasks correctly. Q: If you could offer advice to a student or an assistant in this industry, what would it be? A: Learn as much as possible through education, work experience and picking the brains of your colleagues. Learning correctly is very important, because you don't want to go through your career making the same mistakes. For example, when testing products, be sure to use untreated areas to determine their efficacy. These areas can be as small as a drink coaster, but will provide invaluable information. Q: What TV show or series can you not do without? A: "Gotham." The series is about Batman when he was a kid, and also shows how his archrivals developed. They do a really good job filling in the gaps that the movies didn't address. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Growing up, he knew what title would suit him: doctor. "I always believed that I would be some type of a doctor, but really didn't know what kind," says John Rowland, Ph.D. Dream fulfilled. Rowland, 51, found his niche at the University of Florida, where he studied under professors such as Phil Busey, John Cisar and George Snyder, and earned a Ph.D. in soil and water science with an emphasis in turfgrass. "I grew up in New Jersey mowing my neighbors' lawns, and transitioned to landscaping and golf course management," Rowland, a nine-year GCSAA member, says. "I ended up working at the university in my spare time because I wanted to get a real grasp of the science behind golf course management." John Rowland, Ph.D. Was: Development at Bayer Environmental Science, Austin, Texas Is: Superintendent, Weston Hills Country Club, Weston, Fla. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Oct. 5-8 — LPGA, Alisports LPGA, Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club, Beijing Oct. 5-8 — European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland Oct. 7-12 — USGA, U.S. Mid-Amateur, Capital City Club, Atlanta; Kyle Marshall, director of golf courses and grounds, and Michael Studier, CGCS; and Atlanta National Golf Club, Milton, Ga.; Steve Byers, superintendent Oct. 12-15 — LPGA, LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, Sky 72 Golf Club- Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea Oct. 12-15 — European Tour, Italian Open, Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza Oct. 13-15 — PGA Tour Champions, SAS Championship, Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.; Lee Hancock, director of golf course maintenance Oct. 19-22 — LPGA, Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, Miramar Golf & Country Club, Taipei Oct. 19-22 — European Tour, Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain Oct. 20-22 — PGA Tour Champions, Dominion Energy Charity Classic, The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond; Christian Sain, golf course maintenance director Oct. 26-29 — LPGA, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, TPC Kuala Lumpur Oct. 26-29 — European Tour, WGC- HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai Oct. 27-29 — PGA Tour Champions, PowerShares QQQ Championship, Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Neil Edwards, director of agronomy, and Brian O'Laughlin, superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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