Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Carolinas show posts positive numbers Golf continues its climb back toward good health, if the Carolinas GCSA's annual conference and trade show is any indication. The 2017 event in November in Myrtle Beach, S.C., attracted the highest level of exhibitor sup - port that it has witnessed in years. A total of 217 individual companies occupied 407 booth spaces, the most in both categories since 2008. "What we are seeing is a reflection of more clubs and courses investing in their properties once again," says Tim Kreger, the executive director of the Carolinas GCSA. "Business has not only stopped the slide at many facilities, it is picking up again to the point where it makes sense to put money back into the course. When that is happening, companies want to be seen, and our show affords them the best opportunity to do that in the Southeast." Rob Daniel III, CGCS (pictured), from RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., was elected the as - sociation's 45th president at the annual business meet- ing on the last day of the conference. Daniel, a 19-year GCSAA member, leads a board that includes Brian Green, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and a 19-year association member; and Erik Guinther, CGCS, a 21-year GCSAA member from Roaring Gap (N.C.) Club. The association also bestowed life-membership status on five superintendents retiring this year after a minimum of 25 years as members of the Carolinas GCSA. They were Ray Avery from The Club at Longview in Weddington, N.C.; Matthew Bunch from Edgewater Golf Club in Lancaster, S.C.; Sonny Holcombe, CGCS, from Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, S.C.; Butch Sheffield, CGCS, from North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.; and Bob Young III, CGCS, from Carolina Country Club, also in Raleigh, N.C. The association also recognized Bruce Martin, Ph.D., who will retire from Clemson University next summer after more than 30 years in plant pathology. BASF's Willie Pen - nington was also recognized for his service to golf course superintendents over his more than 40-year career. Another special guest who was also recognized at the annual business meeting was Palmer Maples, Jr., CGCS Retired, a 58-year GCSAA member who attended the event 50 years after he became the Carolinas GCSA's fifth president. Maples is a legendary figure in golf course maintenance after a career that included service at several prestigious clubs in the Southeast and service as an edu - cator. He was GCSAA president in 1975. Also, a team from Clemson University won the annual Student Turf Bowl, loosening the grip of Horry Georgetown Technical College, which had won the test of turfgrass knowledge in four of the previous five years. Mexico GCSA becomes GCSAA's 99th chapter The Mexico GCSA (formerly known as Asociacion de Superintendentes de Campos de Golf de Mexico) has been established as GCSAA's 99th affiliated chapter. Mexico GCSA is the second international chapter of GCSAA, but the first in more than 90 years, as the Ontario GCSA was one of the original chapters when GCSAA was formed in 1926. In addition, GCSAA has individual mem - bers in 98 countries. Asociacion de Superintendents de Campos de Golf de Mexico began in 2000 and has hosted annual meet - ings and educational conferences since then. The group transitioned into Mexico GCSA Nov. 5 during its annual meeting in Queretaro, Mexico, where GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans was on hand to officially welcome the group into the GCSAA fold. "GCSAA is only as strong as our membership. So today, as you become part of the association, you are add - ing to our strength," Evans told the gathering. "I thank you for your commitment to improving the professional lives of all superintendents, and I am very proud to welcome Mex - ico GCSA into the family." With the establishment of the chapter, superinten - dents in Mexico will be able to further their professional development. Because it is an affiliated chapter, mem - bers of Mexico GCSA will have the opportunity to become GCSAA Class A members and certified golf course super - intendents. "I am excited to welcome our newest GCSAA mem - bers," said GCSAA President Bill Maynard, CGCS, and di- rector of golf course maintenance at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.). "This certainly expands our international reach, and we look forward to serving the members of Mexico GCSA and helping them advance their profession." Pennsylvania course to host two majors Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., will host the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced last month. Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted many sig - nificant golf events during its storied history, includ- ing the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player), the 1977 U.S. Amateur (John Fought) and the 2003 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (John Jacobs). Aronimink was also the site of the PGA Tour's AT&T Na - tional in 2010 (Justin Rose). The BMW Championship will be staged there in 2018. With this announcement, Aronimink becomes the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America's three rotating major championships — the PGA Championship, Kitch - enAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women's PGA Championship. John Gosselin, a 32-year GCSAA member, serves as superintendent at Aronimink, while another longtime as - sociation member, 21-year member John Cunningham, CGCS, is the club's general manager. Aronimink was designed by Donald Ross in 1926. During the club's centennial in 1996, a plaque was un - veiled behind the first tee, sharing a 1948 quote from Ross pertaining to his work at Aronimink: "I intended to make this my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize that I built better than I knew." Nothing but the best Sand Valley at Sand Valley Resort in Nekoosa, Wis., was chosen as the best new golf course in 2017 by Golf Digest. Twenty-year GCSAA member Rob Duhm oversees the course as director of agronomy. http://goo.gl/hucraQ A dozen will do The 12-hole layout at Hawk's Landing Golf Club in Yucca Valley, Calif., was designed with a purpose. It allows golfers to play in a shorter amount of time, which the facility hopes attracts new players who may not have time for 18 holes, the Desert Sun reports. http://goo.gl/An4PUf High praise for Bieck When GCSAA member Bill Bieck, CGCS, of Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook, Neb., announced his retirement after 37 years at the facility, accolades began to pour in from colleagues in the industry and golfers alike, according to this story in the McCook Gazette. http://goo.gl/hCNBBD Abandoned but not forgotten A landfill that has been abandoned for more than 20 years is being proposed as the site for a new golf course in Newport Beach, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times. The proposal calls for 200 acres of the 400-acre landfill to be used for golf. http://goo.gl/cggG63 NEWS in the Newly elected Carolinas GCSA President Rob Daniel III, CGCS, took to the podium in November at the annual conference and trade show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Exhibitor support for the event was its highest since 2008. Photo courtesy of Trent Bouts

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