Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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98 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 Justin E. Smidt, Class C, Calgary, Alberta CHINA Alexander J. Grengs, EM, Shenzhen Luo Wenxin , ISM, Shenzhen ENGLAND Daniel Clarke, ISM, Virginia Water JAMAICA Ian S. Smith, EM, Rose Hall St. James SPAIN Maria L. Gutierrez, ISM, Sitges SWITZERLAND Jonas Friedrich, ISM, Bad Ragaz IN MEMORIAM John Thomas Baker, 79, died Oct. 2, 2017. Mr. Baker, a 50-year member of GCSAA, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. Later, he worked as a golf course superintendent and eventu- ally became a salesman in the industry. An avid golfer, Mr. Baker recorded an impressive total of 10 holes-in-one. He also was very particular about his home lawn, undoubtedly a result of his time as a superintendent. Mr. Baker is survived by his sister-in-law, Peggy Miner, and several other relatives. Jerry Coldiron, 60, died Nov. 22, 2017. Mr. Coldiron, a 38-year member of GCSAA, earned his bachelor's degree with an emphasis on horticulture and turfgrass, from Eastern Kentucky University. He worked as the golf course superintendent at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Ky., for 30 years, retiring from there in 2006. A year later, he moved to Boca Raton, Fla., and went to work for Hector Turf as an international sales representative. Eastern Kentucky's Department of Agriculture hon- ored Coldiron with its distinguished alumni award. Mr. Coldiron is survived by his wife, Susan Coldiron; sons, Joshua Carl (Natalie Greenberg), Jacob Daniel and Jared Taylor; brother, David Howard; and granddaughter, Ellie Taylor. Frank Galasso, 62, died Nov. 5, 2017. Mr. Galasso, a 31-year member of GCSAA, was the golf course superintendent for 20 years at Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, N.Y., where he helped renovate the facility. Earlier in his career, he was part of the construction and grow-in and worked as superintendent at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club in Mount Sinai, N.Y. Mr. Galasso, who studied turfgrass and ornamentals at Farmingdale (N.Y.) State College, was a beloved husband, father and grandfather of six. Donald J. Marrone Jr., 67, died Nov. 21, 2017. Mr. Marrone, a 35-year member of GCSAA, was a staple at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston, Mass., which had been in his family since 1939 when his grandfather, Joseph, took it over. Mr. Marrone later worked there for his father before taking control of the operations in 1990, serving as superintendent, club manager and "sometimes chef." In 2005, he received the Golf Course Superintendent Association of New England's Distinguished Service Award. In 2008, he purchased Kettle Brook Golf Club in Paxton, Mass. Mr. Marrone is survived wife, Pamela J. Mar- rone; sons, Matthew J. (Jamie) Marrone, Michael J. Marrone (Evelyn) and Nicholas D. Marrone; daughter, Cara F. (Patrick) Cullen; grandchildren, Andrew, Anthony, Cami, Edith, Elizabeth, Hannah, Lillian, Peter, Ryan, Sam and Sofia; and sisters, Donna M. Lamphron, Patricia A. Marrone and Ann Marie (John) Coffey. GCM (ISSN 0192-3048 [print]; ISSN 2157-3085 [online]) is published monthly by GCSAA Communications Inc., 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859, 785-841-2240. Subscriptions (all amounts U.S. funds only): $60 a year. Outside the United States and Canada, write for rates. Single copy: $5 for members, $7.50 for nonmembers. Office of publication and editorial office is at GCSAA, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859. Periodicals postage paid at Lawrence, Kan., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Golf Course Management, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement No. 40030949. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to P.O. Box 122, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8.

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