Golf Course Management

NOV 2012

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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Roch report by Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D. GIS is like a box of chocolates I was strolling the Internet recently (at my age and physical stature, surfing the net seems contrary to fundamental physics), looking for contact info for a superintendent at gcsaa. org. While on the site, I decided to take a minute to look up time, date and location for my seminar commitments for the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in San Diego. I realize that I ultimately would receive this info from the fine education staff at GCSAA, but I was caught up in a rare moment of organizational competency and felt the need to put the info on my Outlook calendar. The delusion of being temporally structured didn't last long, however, as I was distracted by the depth and diversity of subject matter available to conference and show attendees. There are 62 seminars in the agronomic category alone com- bined with 40-plus in communications, leadership and envi- ronmental management. The topics in agronomy range from the very basic (nutrition, cultivation, weed control, disease control) to the complex and sometimes abstract (plant-soil in- teractions, plant health, BMPs) offered by academics, industry researchers and superintendents who work in diverse and chal- lenging growing environments. Want to know more about annual bluegrass? A cursory re- view shows at least a dozen seminars offer research-driven ad- vice on controlling or managing Poa annua. Pest management concerns? More than 15 seminars address weeds, diseases and/ or insects. Golf green organic matter accumulation issues? At least two seminars take a closer look (this is a shameless en- dorsement of one of mine). You can choose to spend 3 ½ hours discussing green speed. Too much salt in your course's diet? There is a seminar to help you out. Want to improve your bottom line and make your facility more profitable? There are multiple seminars to address this topic. These are only the seminars; I haven't even mentioned the other sessions offered at GIS. I realize that money is tight and it is difficult to convince the powers that be that attend- ing GIS is well worth the investment. As a supervisor you may even feel the funds could be better spent but, as an educator, I see the magnification effect of professional improvement al- most every day. 82 GCM November 2012 Plus, at least for the folks like myself in the northern Great Plains, San Diego isn't a bad place to be in February. Not really sure why this column ended up being a bit of a sales pitch for GIS. I was simply impressed with the amazing opportunity for an increased or better understanding of prob- lem-solving skills critical for today's superintendents. It seems appropriate to close with a quote from Murray Rothbard's book, "Education, Free & Compulsory": "It is clearly absurd to limit the term 'education' to a person's formal schooling." Take Not really sure why this column ended up being a bit of a sales pitch for GIS. I was simply impressed with the amazing opportunity for an increased or better understanding of problem- solving skills critical for today's superintendents. advantage of the educational offerings of GCSAA, even if you do not have the financial resources to attend GIS this year. Oh, by the way, I still haven't put my GIS seminar commit- ments on my Outlook calendar — maybe tomorrow. GCM Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D., is a professor of horticulture at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the head of the school's agronomy and horticulture departments.

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