Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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01.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 139 the recipient of its prestigious Don A. Rossi Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the golf industry. Melrose became president of The Toro Co. in 1981, and was elected CEO in 1983. Under his leadership, the company furthered its position and growth in the golf industry with innovative products and service support, along with its enduring commitment to many philanthropic and research efforts. Melrose was also instrumental in helping establish The Toro Foundation, which continues to support many community and industry causes worldwide. Following his retirement from Toro in 2005, Melrose formed Leading by Serving LLC, whose mission is to advance the principles of servant leadership in organizations. He also remains an active supporter of the golf industry and its future growth. In 2012, he established the Melrose Leadership Academy through GCSAA's Environmental Institute for Golf to help support the professional development of GCSAA-member superintendents, providing scholarships to attend the Golf Industry Show. The Don A. Rossi Award honors individu- als who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth, and who have inspired others by example. Rossi served as executive director of the National Golf Foundation from 1970 to 1983. The award will be presented on Feb. 6 at the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio during the GCBAA Opening Reception. Information for those interested in attending the award presentation is available at www.gcbaa.org, or from the GCBAA executive office at 402-476-4444. The sixth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Design Excellence Recognition Program has cited 11 courses for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges. Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today's golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to practice facili- ties and renovations of various sizes. The 2017 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of Ameri- ca, Golf Course Builders Association of America and GCSAA. The recognized courses and the ASGCA architect members are Colleton River, Bluffton, S.C., Tim Liddy; Compass Pointe Golf Club (pictured), Leland, N.C., Rick Robbins and Brian Lussier; Golf de Club de Panama, Panama City, Ray Hearn; Hunt Valley Country Club, Phoenix, Md., Jason Straka and Dana Fry; Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, N.C., Bill Bergin; Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Mich., Andy Staples; Mountain Top Course, Hollister, Mo., Jeff Lawrence; Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Neil Haworth; Vestavia Country Club, Birmingham, Ala., Lester George; Wellesley (Mass.) Country Club, Mark Mungeam; and Westfield Group Country Club, Westfield Center, Ohio, Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D. Ken Mangum, CGCS Retired , has accepted the position of national sales manager for the Brandt turf business, which includes the Brandt, Grigg and Brandt iHammer product lines. Mangum, a 43-year GCSAA member, oversees the company's turf and ornamental territory sales managers, engages key customers and works with the senior management team to set the strategic direction for the turf team. Before joining Brandt, Mangum served as an independent golf course management and development consultant. Most recently, he was director of golf courses and grounds at Atlanta Athletic Club, where he oversaw marquee events such as the 2011 PGA Championship. As a consultant, he has worked with many notable golf courses in the southeastern U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. David W. Gordon , a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died in October. He was 95. The son of one of ASGCA's original members, William F. Gordon, David was a lifelong resident of Doylestown, Pa. After serving in the Air Force in World War II as an instructor pilot in B-24 bombers, Gordon studied at Penn State University, earning a degree in agronomy. He then joined his father's golf course design business. The Gordons designed dozens of golf courses in Canada, Delaware, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, including the Grace and Weyhill courses at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.; Brown's Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio; and Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. Otterbine Barebo , manufacturer of aerators and fountains in the pond and lake management industry, has hired Michael Murphy to be its Midwest regional sales manager. Murphy comes to the role with more than 25 years of experience in the turf industry and 10-plus years of experience with Otterbine products. He is respon- sible for the sales and support of Otterbine's distribution and service network in the Midwest region, which consists of 12 states from Indiana to North Dakota. Harrell's LLC was named one of the "Best Places to Work" in Polk County, Fla. Eighteen companies were recognized at the CareerSource Polk annual meeting last year. Winners were determined through a statewide survey, which was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Polk County. Companies were scored on their demonstrated commitment to workplace diversity; work-life balance of employees; an educated workforce; training and development initiatives; recruitment of quality employees; and retention of quality employees. Compass Pointe Golf Club

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