Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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58 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 To prepare for competition, Delhi students can choose to take an independent study class for which they get two credit hours. They also attend a weekly turf club meeting, and dur - ing the long semester break, Seaman places a weekly conference call to each team to review, answer questions, and "make sure everyone's putting in the time." In the ultimate practice session, the Delhi team annually faces SUNY Cobleskill — the only other SUNY campus with an undergrad turf program — in the turf bowl at the annual meeting of the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) in November. In the 2017 contest, Delhi walked away with individual and team honors. A footnote to the battle for first place is the friendly rivalry between SUNY Delhi and Penn State. "I want to get on McGraw's level," says Seaman. McGraw is Ben McGraw, Ph.D., the Penn State faculty adviser who preceded Seaman at Delhi. In another twist, McGraw's former graduate student at Penn State, Ben Czyzewski, is now employed as an IST at Delhi and is assisting in developing study questions for the students. The battle has turned to Twitter. After the recent win at the NYSTA meetings, Seaman tweeted a photo of the Delhi turf students with the message, "Delhi turf nerds took care of business @NYSTurfgrass turf bowl 2017. Up next @GCSAA turf bowl 2018 and that trophy held by @TurfEnto (McGraw)." McGraw's response: A GIF of a snarling bear CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 with the caption, "Don't poke the bear!" Or, in this case, the Nittany Lion. — Teresa Carson, science editor San Antonio's best welcome GCSAA Golf Championships Like many golf facilities that host signifi- cant professional or amateur events, Cordil- lera Ranch just outside of San Antonio has a dedicated space to honor those who have won tournaments contested there: a small courtyard near the clubhouse where large stones affixed with nameplates that bear the winner's names. In the same area, though, there's another rock that is decidedly out of place — that at a distance appears to be covered in haphazard graffiti. Closer inspection, though, reveals what might be the club's most important monument of all. That's because this one honors the achievements of one of Cordillera's best- known residents, professional golfer Jimmy Walker. When Walker captured his first PGA Tour title at the 2013 Frys.com Open, his friends back at Cordillera marked the occasion by creating their own "Rock of Honor" outside the clubhouse with a magic marker. They repeated that for each of Walker's five other professional triumphs, in - cluding after he won his first major, the 2016 PGA Championship. Such an informal method of recognition for a prominent resident might not be the norm at most clubs, but it seems a perfect fit for both Walker — as casual and affable a professional athlete as you're likely to meet — and Cordillera Ranch, which is among four San Antonio golf standouts that will play host to the GCSAA Golf Championships, Feb. 3-5. The event is presented in partnership with The Toro Co., the presenting partner for the past 24 years. "We've been to the most premier golf courses in the country and we just marvel at what an amazing facility that Cordillera is," Walker told PGA.com about his home course. "There's nothing like it in the country." Cordillera, which will play host to the first day of play in the National Championship portion of the event, is managed by Mark Semm, the club's GCSAA Class A director of agronomy and a 22-year member of the association. For all you need to know about teeing it up in San Antonio at the GCSAA Golf Championships, head to http://goo.gl/ kerhPM .

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