Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 The tries," says Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. "They were able to offer a global perspective, and I think that's a really important dynamic." Diversity of another sort stood out to Swilley: "Seeing how many generations of superintendents attended — the youngest guys there trying to add tools to their toolbox, plus some of the most seasoned supers who have made it their mission to grow — that was very inspiring." Among the topics tackled in the immersive, highly in - teractive program were financial data analysis, financial decision-making, leasing vs. buying, negotiating, effec - tive workplace communication, leadership strategies, and managing and motivating employees across generations and cultures, with plenty of time set aside for small-group discussions and networking. Swilley says he has already leaned on his SBI edu - cation back on the job in Florida, working with his green chairman to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of leasing vs. buying equipment. The 10-year GCSAA mem - ber encourages fellow superintendents to vie for a spot in a future class of SBI, and to be persistent. "You would be doing yourself a disservice not to apply every year until you're able to attend," says Swilley, noting that the experi - ence has piqued his interest in pursuing an MBA. "It rekin- dled my desire to continue learning and growing. It was an invaluable experience, hands-down." The application period for the 2018 Syngenta Busi - ness Institute is open March 1 through Aug. 17. Go to for more information and to apply. — Megan Hirt, GCM managing editor MacKenzie receives government affairs honor Jack MacKenzie, executive director of the Minnesota GCSA and a retired Certified Golf Course Superintendent, has earned the 2018 Excellence in Government Affairs Award from GCSAA for his passion and hard work in advo - cating for the golf course management profession. MacKenzie, a 36-year member of GCSAA, transi - tioned from superintendent to executive director of the Minnesota chapter six years ago, with the job change of - fering him a bigger platform for his already-established in- terest in advocacy. "I grew up on a golf course, and I have been civically minded since high school," MacKenzie says. "But it was really when water issues came up that I started getting involved. I asked myself, 'What can I do to help out the golf industry?'" $100 1928 791 17,106 35 20 Amount San Antonio confectioner C.E. Doolin paid in 1932 for the recipe for fried corn chips that he would turn into Fritos. Year the Milam Building — the first high-rise air-conditioned office building in the U.S. — opened in San Antonio. The Alamo City is world-famous for several well-documented reasons, but as the Golf Industry Show rolls into town this month, GCM set about investigating some of the lesser-touted but no- less-interesting facts about this gem deep in the heart of Texas. Texas high school basketball record for number of rebounds in a single season, set in 1989 by Shaquille O'Neal, who attended Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio. Tamales made in a 10-hour period at San Antonio's Lanier High School on Dec. 6, 2011. A group of 1,300 students and volunteers participated in the tamalada, which set the Guinness World Record for most tamales made in 12 hours. Height (in feet) of the pair of cowboy boots outside North Star Mall in San Antonio. Artist Bob Wade built the Texas- sized footwear in 1979, and in 2016 they were declared by Guinness World Records to be the world's largest. Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats that roost in Bracken Cave on the northern outskirts of San Antonio from March to October, forming the world's largest bat colony. By the numbers

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