Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 best known for his book, "A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides." Also honored will be Frank Rossi, Ph.D., who will receive GCSAA's 2018 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. Rossi, an associate professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., was a key contributor in the development of "Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses," serving as the lead author for the guidelines. Other honors that will be officially pre - sented during the Opening Night Celebra- tion are the Leo Feser Award, given to the author of the best superintendent-written story published in GCM; the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, which are presented in partnership with Syngenta; and GCSAA's Excellence in Government Affairs Award. The 2017 class of Certi - fied Golf Course Superintendents will also be recognized. The Closing Celebration, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, is set for Feb. 8. Actor/comedian Darrell Hammond, who spent 14 years on "Saturday Night Live," will perform. Impressions of John Travolta and Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clin - ton are part of his extensive repertoire. Another highlight of the Closing Celebra - tion will be the unveiling of the results from the annual GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl, while the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors will be also be introduced. — Howard Richman, associate editor Going Inside the Ropes Did you like Inside the Ropes when it debuted last year at the Golf Industry Show? If so, you will be able to nearly double your pleasure this year in San Antonio. The Inside the Ropes trade show floor ex - perience will be expanded to almost twice the size it was when it debuted last year in Orlando. Inside the Ropes will be 28,000, square feet inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Cen - ter. Inside the Ropes will focus on enhanced education and demonstrations, as well as ample opportunities for networking. Thomas Turf - grass Grass & Installation of Wharton, Texas, will assist with the installation, and will sod the area with Sunday ultradwarf bermudagrass and Latitude 36 bermudagrass. Shelly Urish, GCSAA's trade show man - ager, says the expansion of Inside the Ropes Texas titans highlight opening, closing events Big Tex — the gigantic and iconic greeter at the annual State Fair of Texas — will have some company next month when it comes to legendary figures in the state. At GCSAA's Opening Night Celebra - tion, presented in partnership with Syngenta, on Feb. 6, several prominent individuals will be honored for their extraordinary contribu - tions to the game and industry. One of them — major golf champion Ernie Els — will be given GCSAA's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, which is presented annually to a person who, through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game. "It's a great honor," says Els, who in 2009 launched the Els for Autism Foundation and followed it up by leading the charge to build The Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Fla., which is a 26-acre campus for those affected by autism. Els, who is also a golf course de - signer, has a special place in his heart for golf course superintendents. "They are as vital to this game as ever, and as vital to this game as anyone," he says. Hosted by GCSAA President Bill H. May - nard, CGCS, the Opening Night Celebration will recognize many others. Two veteran turf - grass scientists will be honored with the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award: Leah Brilman, Ph.D., and Rick Latin, Ph.D. Brilman, the director of product management and services for DLF Pickseed in Halsey, Ore., is heralded as an expert in turfgrass breeding. Latin, a professor in plant pathology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., may be A host of special events — both in the field and within the confines of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center — will be available to Golf Industry Show attendees in San Antonio. For the lowdown on all the options, go to . CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018

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