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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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR DIRECTOR Kevin P. Sunderman Kevin P. Sunderman is the director of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where he has worked since 2005. He previously held superintendent or assistant superintendent positions at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota, Fla.; Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.; East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Fla.; and Whetstone Golf Club in Caledonia, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in turfgrass science. A 17-year GCSAA member, Sunderman has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2017. He is currently the chairman of the GCM Editorial Board Task Group and the vice chairman of the Conference Education Task Group. He has served as a chapter delegate on seven occasions. Sunderman is a current member and past president of the Florida West Coast GCSA, as well as past presi - dent of the Florida GCSA. He was also previously an Environmental Research and Education Foundation board member. Statement I believe in GCSAA's mission of serving its members, advancing their profession, and enhancing the enjoy- ment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Over the past year, I have referred back to this mission many times. I take to heart the significance of this statement, as it encompasses most everything GCSAA sets out to do. First and foremost is serving the members. It is the men and women working as golf course superinten - dents, assistants and equipment managers that we should aim to serve. Without the individual members, GCSAA no longer has purpose. While GCSAA already serves its members by providing a multitude of ben - efits and initiatives, I believe we need to continue to evolve to meet the needs and challenges presented as the world and the industry change. Through initiatives such as the "Thank a Golf Course Superintendent" marketing campaign, GCSAA has worked to advance the profession of the superintendent. The original GCSAA Articles of Incorporation stated that the association's purpose was "to provide for and enhance the recognition of the golf course super - intendent as a professional." We need to continue to expand these efforts, as this is one of the most important ways we can serve our members. The superintendent is often the most critical component in a successful golf operation and should be recognized as such by golfers and other management. By applying what is learned through education and research, superintendents are able to provide course conditions that are ever-improving, while they manage costs and protect the environment. The superintendent plays one of the most significant roles in providing enjoyment to the golfer's experience. GCSAA should con - tinue to present the tools needed by the superintendent to ensure golfer satisfaction. It is vital for GCSAA to place focus on the growth and vitality of the game of golf. When possible, super - intendents must do their part to make golf fun and affordable. We should look for ways to help grow the game and introduce new people to golf. As the world around us changes, we need to recognize the opportunity and necessity to introduce the game to people of different cultures and backgrounds. We need to actively seek people to both play the game and build careers in our great profession. While all the parts of GCSAA's mission are critical, one of the most important things GCSAA can do is engage superintendents and promote community. Making personal contact and building relationships one by one helps to build a community. By engaging superintendents and strengthening our community, we will work together to meet our challenges and persevere. It is a great honor to be nominated as a candidate for the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors. My apprecia - tion goes out to the Florida GCSA, Calusa GCSA, Central Florida GCSA, Everglades GCSA, Florida West Coast GCSA, North Florida GCSA, Palm Beach GCSA, Ridge GCSA, South Florida GCSA, Suncoast GCSA and Treasure Coast GCSA for believing in my abilities to serve this great profession. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 CANDIDATES

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