Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR PRESIDENT Darren J. Davis, CGCS Darren J. Davis, CGCS, has served as the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples since 1992. Prior experience included two stints at Augusta National Golf Club, the first as an apprentice superintendent, and the second as an IPM specialist. Davis also served as the assistant superintendent at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University and a turfgrass management certificate from Penn State University. A 28-year GCSAA member, Davis has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2012 and cur - rently serves as vice president. He also serves as chairman of the Assistant Superintendent, BMP Resource, Membership Appeals, Rounds 4 Research and Tournament task groups, and is the vice chairman of the Student Task Group. Davis is a member and past president of both the Everglades GCSA and Florida GCSA. He is also a past president of the Florida Turfgrass Association and a current director for the Musser International Turf - grass Foundation. Statement Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me to serve on the GCSAA Board of Directors for the past six years. Your support has been overwhelming, and the thought of serving as the 82nd president of GCSAA is truly humbling. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with my fellow directors, GCSAA staff, chapter leaders, committees, task groups, and count - less other dedicated and talented individuals around the country. When I was elected in 2012, I made a commitment to serve each and every member of the association, advance their profession, and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Throughout my board service, that commitment and my passion have only been heightened. Today, I am eager to build on past momentum and continue advancing the mission of GCSAA. GCSAA and I are devoted to enhancing the perception of the golf course superintendent and promoting the significant value he or she provides to the game and to the environment. During my time on the board of directors, we have achieved a tremendous amount of success in this area. Our media presence, our productive working relationships with allied golf associations, the enhanced unity among our affiliated chapters, and the "Thank a Golf Course Superintendent" campaign are just a few examples of GCSAA's member advocacy efforts. GCSAA has made tremendous strides in the positioning of our members, but we can do more. The association and I are also dedicated to enhancing our government advocacy efforts. In 2017, with support from the USGA, GCSAA produced a comprehensive, web-based BMP template and launched an aggressive campaign to have all 50 states produce a state-specific BMP document by 2020. Our leading role in the We Are Golf coalition and National Golf Day, our full-time presence in Washington, D.C., our environmental profile surveys, and our Grassroots Ambassador program are additional examples of the association's advocacy efforts. How - ever, we will not rest on our laurels. We will continue to promote the countless positive attributes of golf. I have always believed that there is strength in numbers, and in a time when many professional associations are dwindling, GCSAA has made tremendous strides to retain and increase membership. While GCSAA has and will remain committed to serving all of our members, the association has enhanced its focus on the assistant and student member classifications. These individuals are the future of our association and our profession. More than ever, support of these individuals from GCSAA is critical in the growth and vitality of the profession and the game of golf. GCSAA and I remain committed to ensuring the association provides our members with the same excellent educational opportunities, professional development programs and networking opportunities that have helped me become the superintendent I am today. Obviously, the needs of GCSAA members are ever-evolving, and I am pleased with the improvements in the technology the association employs. is the latest example of how GCSAA is enhancing and evolving its communications efforts and use of technology. On a personal note, I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I love — to work as a golf course superintendent and to enjoy the many benefits that come with the job. Serving GCSAA has allowed me to give back a fraction of what I have received working in this great profes - sion. I am very thankful for your past and continued support, and I remain committed to serving and representing each and every one of the nearly 18,000 members of GCSAA. Finally, I am extremely grateful for the unwavering encouragement of my employer, my team, the members of Olde Florida Golf Club, and my affiliated GCSAA chapters, the Everglades and the Florida GCSA. They have all encouraged me to serve GCSAA, and they support my efforts to give back to the golf industry and the superintendent profession. I am also grateful for the inspiration, advice and support of numerous GCSAA past presidents, chapter leaders, GCSAA members and so many others in the industry. Again, thank you for the confidence you have placed in me to serve GCSAA's membership — it has truly been an honor. I am confident that, with your support, we can continue to advance the mission of GCSAA. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 CANDIDATES

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