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.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 75 of 219

70 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR DIRECTOR T.A. Barker, CGCS T.A. Barker, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Salt Lake City since 2006. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent and as a crew member at Fore Lakes. He has a two-year advanced turfgrass management degree from Penn State's World Campus online pro - gram. A 14-year GCSAA member, Barker currently serves as a member of both the Conference Education and Technology task groups. He has also served as a chapter delegate on four different occasions, most recently in 2016. Barker is a member and past president of the Intermountain GCSA. He also serves on the executive board of the Golf Alliance of Utah, and is a member of the Utah Golf Association. He is the co-host of "Utah Golf Weekly" on ESPN700 Radio in Salt Lake City. Statement First and foremost, I would like to thank the Intermountain GCSA for nominating me as a candidate for the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors. The trust they have in me to represent them and the members of GCSAA worldwide is truly humbling. I would also like to thank Fore Lakes Golf Course for supporting me in all my endeavors. Finally, my biggest appreciation is to my wife, Natalie, and my three sons, whose support and love is what drives me to serve something larger than myself. I have spent my life in the golf industry and am a third-generation superintendent. With GCSAA and the network of individuals I have met because of the association, I genuinely feel I have a second family. As the superintendent at a small, family-owned facility with both a nine-hole executive course and a nine-hole par-3 course, I started to feel like I didn't belong and that I may not be worthy of calling myself a superin - tendent. That all changed when I started getting involved and engaged with GCSAA and its mission. My involvement with the national association has introduced me to members from all over the world. While we all deal with different problems, we are all united as golf course superintendents. Our missions are the same. This is what I admire about GCSAA — it gives us a united voice from inside the golf community all the way to Capitol Hill. That united voice is what drives me to serve GCSAA and its members. I have seen firsthand what GCSAA is about, and I want to help with spreading its message, from the smallest of golf courses, like my own, to the most prestigious. I want all superintendents and GCSAA members to know they are part of this golfing community, and that their voices, opinions and ideas matter. That is why I accept this nomination for the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors. CANDIDATES

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Golf Course Management - JAN 2018