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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76 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR DIRECTOR Rory Van Poucke Rory Van Poucke has been the golf course superintendent and general manager at Apache Sun Golf Course in San Tan Valley, Ariz., since 1988. He is also a previous owner of the facility. He holds a bach - elor's degree in business from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. A 26-year member of GCSAA, Van Poucke has previously served on GCSAA's Communications/ Outreach and Membership Appeals task groups, and has been a past representative of the Cactus & Pine GCSA at GCSAA's Chapter Delegates Meeting. He also serves as a Grassroots Ambassador and won GCSAA's Excellence in Government Affairs Award in 2017. Van Poucke is a member and the current president of the Cactus & Pine GCSA. He is also a member of the USGA, the Club Managers Association of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and the National Golf Foundation. Statement I am honored and privileged to be nominated for the board of directors by the Cactus & Pine chapter of GCSAA. If elected, I will bring the same passion and dedication to the GCSAA board that I have brought to the local chapter and the Arizona golf industry. I will work tirelessly to continue the great success and tradition of GCSAA. I believe I can offer insight to the board of directors from my experience and broad range of professional responsibilities, which have included serving as a golf course superintendent, owner and general manager. It's more important than ever to listen to your members and continue to increase the impact that GCSAA has made over the years. I will continue to support the education, resources and tools that GCSAA has provided, which are necessary for the superintendent. I believe it's important to communicate with our members and the local chapters. I will also work to ensure that the BMP initiative continues moving for - ward. Furthermore, I will stay dedicated to helping grow our profession and industry. For example, I will make it a priority for GCSAA to continue to collaborate with all the allied golf associations. The experience I gained working with the PGA of America, Club Managers Association of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association will strengthen the GCSAA through my con - nections and extensive knowledge of each organization. It is vital to the health of the golf industry to participate in the government advocacy program that GCSAA has established. Having a voice in government is essential because of laws being passed that could have a negative effect on the superintendent and be a detriment to the broader golf industry without proper representation. In the past, local Arizona congressman Paul Gosar has made multiple visits to my golf course to get a better understanding and offer a show of support to the golf industry. He also spoke at the Cactus & Pine's unveiling of its Golf 's Economic Impact Study. This past year, I ran for a position on the Central Arizona Project (CAP) board to help with the complex issues regarding water in the state of Arizona while giving golf a voice in government. I had the pleasure of speaking at the Western Caucasus meeting in Washing - ton, D.C., to discuss golf 's economic impact and water issues. In my 27 years managing Apache Sun Golf Club and Woodridge Golf Club in Lisle, Ill., I've gained the necessary experience and insight to meet and exceed the challenges that GCSAA is facing. I want to give back to the golf industry, as it has provided for me and my family throughout my life. I would like to thank my employer, Apache Sun Golf Club, the Cactus & Pine GCSA, and my family for their constant support. In closing, I want to thank the GCSAA members and Nominating Committee for their consid - eration of my candidacy for the GCSAA Board of Directors. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 CANDIDATES

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