Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Major development The leaders of tomorrow had the future on their minds when they paid a recent visit to GCSAA Class A su- perintendent James Kennedy. They ranged in age from 11 to 14, seven boys and girls, armed with eager intentions and inquisitive minds. Led by their co-coaches, TJ, Seaberg (pictured here with Kennedy) and Heidi Mann, these middle-school stu - dents came to Ironhorse Golf Club in Leawood, Kan., as participants in the FIRST Lego League (FLL). They arrived with an objective: To determine ways golf courses can conserve water. "We need to find how to decrease water use. It's not just golf courses that need to find ways to do that. There are so many other problems with water. We researched it," says 14-year-old Manasvi Chennareddy, a student at Lakewood Middle School in Overland Park, Kan. Kennedy, Seaberg and Mann are key figures in this endeavor. A 19-year member of GCSAA, Kennedy pro - vided the living laboratory to help participants learn what they needed to know about golf courses and how they use and conserve water. Seaberg, who is in her fifth year as an FLL coach, and Mann, in her second year, guide the team. FLL is a non-sponsored school event, so it takes professionals such as Kennedy and volunteers such as Seaberg and Mann to step up and oversee this type of program. Photo by Andy Lundberg

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