Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 GCSAA honors Totten with Edwin Budding Award Charles "Chuck" Totten, the equipment manager at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, Ill., is the winner of the 2017 Edwin Budding Award from GCSAA. The Edwin Budding Award, named for the inventor of the lawn mower and presented in partnership with Jacob - sen, is given annually to an equipment manager or related innovator, technician, educator or engineer who has made a significant impact in the golf and turf business. Totten has more than 30 years in the industry, and his dedication to his career has often been expressed through his service to his fellow equipment managers. He is a past president and current board member of the Turf Equipment Technicians Association, which is headquartered in his native Illinois. He has also been a mentor for dozens of golf course equipment technicians and equipment managers in the Chicago area. "There is more to this profession than just moving wrenches," says Totten, whose career has spanned pub - lic, private and high-end golf facilities. "I try to teach the younger ones all the things I've been through, and to give them a better understanding of everything that goes on in the industry." Totten will formally receive the award at the Golf Indus - try Show in San Antonio, where he will be recognized, along with other GCSAA national award winners, at the Opening Night Celebration, presented in partnership with Syngenta, on Feb. 6. Totten originally planned on a career in the agricul - ture industry while a student at Kankakee (Ill.) Community College. However, it was building houses in San Antonio in the early 1980s that led him to golf. When the oil market crashed and halted the Texas housing boom, his next job offer was on a Texas golf course. He loved the game and kept advancing in the golf industry, eventually returning to his home state. Todd Fyffe, a 13-year GCSAA member, was the assis - tant superintendent at Westmoreland when he began work- ing with Totten, and their working relationship expanded when Fyffe was promoted to superintendent in 2012. "Ev - eryone at Westmoreland has a great deal of respect for Chuck," Fyffe says. "He brings this old-school experience, but he's always open to trying something new, and he al - ways delivers." Turf students vie for recognition At the 2017 annual meeting of the Crop Science So- ciety of America (CSSA) in Tampa, Fla., graduate students in the society's Turfgrass Science Division (also known as C5) competed with one another by making oral presenta - tions and/or displaying posters describing their research projects and results. The talks and posters were divided into four categories (the sponsoring group is in parenthe - ses): Golf Course Management (GCSAA), Management/ Ecology (C5 Turfgrass Science Division), Genetics and Breeding (Turfgrass Breeders Association), and Industry (C5 Turfgrass Industry Committee). The students' work was judged by volunteers who are C5 members and pro - fessionals in their fields. First-place winners are awarded $500. This year's winners are, by category: • Golf Course Management: James Hempfling, Rutgers University (oral presentation); Eric De Boer, University of Arkansas (poster) • Management/Ecology: Travis Russell, University of Arkansas (oral presentation and poster) • Genetics and Breeding: Hui Chen, Rutgers University (oral presentation); Jonathan Fox, University of Geor - gia (poster) • Industry: Clint Mattox, Oregon State University (oral presentation); and Chase Straw, University of Georgia (poster) al world boas The Chinese plum (Prunus mume ) is one of the rare plants that flowers within winter's chill, and its fragrant blossoms come in hues from white to dark pink. The plum blossom is China's national flower and a prominent symbol in Chinese culture, its blooming amid the frigidness of January and February signifying perseverance and hope. As folklore has it, the stripes on the woolly bear caterpillar — the larval form of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella ) — forecast the severity of an upcoming winter, with more brown segments signaling a milder season ahead. The woolly bear is a beloved harbinger of colder days, and several towns host woolly bear festivals in fall, including Vermilion, Ohio, and Banner Elk, N.C. The bristly-haired insects overwinter by generating an internal antifreeze known as glycerol that protects their vital organs from subfreezing temps. The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus ) is among the animals that don white just for winter, swapping its brown or gray summer fur for a dense, icy coat that blends in with the harsh Arctic tundra it calls home. The hearty mammals can survive temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and their range in North America extends from Alaska south to the Hudson Bay in Canada. Other creatures who wear winter whites are the snowshoe hare, ptarmigan, Peary caribou and some species of weasels. Cardinals don't migrate, and the revered ruby plumage of the male Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis ) makes it particularly striking in winter. Their range covers much of the eastern United States and eastern Mexico, and the songbirds readily visit feeders, where their favorite fare is sunflower seeds. Seven states have chosen the Northern cardinal as their state bird. Photos by Eric Kilby (fox), Stephen Wolfe (cardinal), Kakidai (plum blossom), Micha L. Rieser (caterpillar)/Wikimedia Commons

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