Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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38 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Left: Leah Brilman, Ph.D., is a standout in turfgrass breeding, and her worldwide travels have spread the word on industry-related solutions. Right: Rick Latin, Ph.D., has been a fixture at Purdue University since 1981. His work on topics from epidemiology to dollar spot and many other diseases has been heralded throughout the industry. Photos by John Kaminski Leah Brilman and Rick Latin have a few things in common. Both have earned a Ph.D. Their turfgrass science research has been crucial to the industry, including to golf course superintendents. And each of them has nearly completed a goal when it comes to conquering every state on the U.S. map. "I haven't been to South Dakota. I've got to somehow get there," Brilman says. Latin, meanwhile, has another state in mind. "I have played golf (a full 18-hole round) in 49 of 50 states. Only Alaska remains. That is on the schedule for 2018," he says. Brilman and Latin, who have traveled worldwide to share and spread their vast experience and knowledge, now also share something else — they are the recipients of the 2018 GCSAA Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award (DSA), named for the association's founding father. The award is given annually to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course superintendent profession. Morley, GCSAA's first president, was the inaugural recipient of the DSA in 1932. He received it again in 1940. Brilman and Latin will be recognized Feb. 6 at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio during the Opening Night Celebration, presented in partnership with Syngenta. Their achievements run deep. Brilman, highly regarded in turfgrass breeding and genetics, has been honored numerous times, including as the recipient of the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award. Latin is probably best known for authoring a comprehensive book on turfgrass fungicides. "Their careers have been dedicated to improving the playing fields of our great game. Their service has been invaluable," says GCSAA President Bill Maynard, CGCS. Here, GCM chronicles how Brilman and Latin have been forces in the industry.

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