Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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140 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Q: What piece of equipment is essential for you on the course? A: Speed rollers. I'm a big fan of rolling greens. The benefits are well documented, and if the roller has an optional spiker, even better. Q: Your favorite word is ...? A: "Data." I don't know if anyone pronounces it correctly, but I want to see the data! Q: If you could attend one concert, who would you see? A: Temple of the Dog. Eddie Vedder would have to be included. Q: What food can you not do without? A: Philly cheesesteaks. Q: You're from Mississippi, which is quite a distance from California, yet you say you've met several others from Mississippi in Truckee. Who's someone you've met? A: One day at lunch, the guy behind the counter told me he was from Jackson (Miss.). He said, "I came here to go skiing eight years ago, and I'm still here." Q: What would be the book title of your life? A: "The Untold Story of an Ordinary Person Living in Unordinary Times." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Seventeen years after his high school graduation, Bryant Wait achieved GCSAA's Class C assistant superintendent classification. A key reason for the delay was his service to his country. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Wait was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, where he was the project manager for a construction battalion focused on demolitions and chemical warfare. And, yes, it could be dangerous. "We had mortar attacks," says Wait, who turns 37 this year and is a seven-year member of GCSAA. "Not being with my family was the worst part. I tried to work, stay busy." Wait's passion for golf never wavered (he even tried out for his junior college team, missing his chance to make it by one stroke), but he admits to getting sidetracked and not being a devoted student when he was younger, which delayed his progress. Wait worked as a bartender, carpet cleaner and in other occupations before he buckled down and earned a degree in agronomy in 2010 from Mississippi State University. After his service, Wait added to his education by earning his master's in agronomy last May. "If I could go back, I wouldn't change a thing in my life," Wait says. Bryant Wait Was: Student, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Is: Assistant superintendent, Schaffer's Mill Club, Truckee, Calif. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Jan. 4-7 — PGA Tour, Sentry Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii; Orlando Baraoidan, superintendent Jan. 11-14 — PGA Tour, Sony Open in Hawaii, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu; Dave Nakama, CGCS Jan. 11-14 — European Tour, BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, Glendower Golf Club, Gauteng, South Africa Jan. 12-14 — European Tour, Eurasia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Jan. 18-21 — PGA Tour, Career Builder Challenge, The Club at PGA West- Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.; Jon Maddern, CGCS, director of agronomy; Alan Stuessy, GCSAA Class A superintendent Jan. 18-21 — European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates Jan. 25-28 — PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines Golf Course (South), San Diego; Rich McIntosh, superintendent Jan. 25-28 — European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Craig Haldane, director of golf course maintenance COMING UP Jan. 2-4 — Northern Green, Minneapolis Convention Center Phone: 651-324-8873 Website: Jan. 9 — Connecticut Association of GCS Winter Seminar, The Mystic Marriott, Groton Phone: 888-561-7778 Website: Jan. 9 — GCSAA Webinar: Documenting Your SOPs: Equipment Managers Series, Carlos Arraya, CGCS, MEMBERS ONLY Twitter: @bryant_wait

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