Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 He has helped by becoming a "known commodity" at the state capital in St. Paul, having been appointed to statewide government committees such as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Pollinator Best Manage - ment Practices Lawn and Garden Committee. "When I first joined the pollinator committee, I walked into a room with two dozen beekeepers, and the room went silent when I said what I do," says MacKenzie, who was a key figure in the creation of best management prac - tices for Minnesota golf courses. "It gave me the opportu- nity to tell the good story of golf. Soon, I had people giving me their business cards and wanting to work together." MacKenzie will be formally recognized Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the GCSAA Opening Night Celebration — presented in partnership with Syngenta — during the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. Carson honored with Feser Award Chris Carson, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J., has been se - lected as the recipient of GCSAA's 2017 Leo Feser Award. The award is presented annually to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Carson's selection makes him the first three-time winner of the Leo Feser Award in the years GCSAA has presented it as an annual honor. Carson previously won in 2000 and 2007. The only other repeat winner of the Feser is Darren Davis, CGCS, from Olde Florida Golf Club in Na - ples, Fla., who won the award in 1997 and 2002. Carson, a 32-year GCSAA member, authored the story "8 essential budgeting principles for superintendents," which was published in the October 2016 issue. The story offered readers time-tested tips on making successful budget requests and communicating with golf facility de - cisions-makers about how those requests will benefit the facility's playing surfaces and, ultimately, its bottom line. "I wrote the article on the budgeting principles that have been successful for me over the years — the same principles I teach at Rutgers as a way of helping my peers grow professionally," Carson says. "Winning the Feser Award for a third time is an honor that is as unexpected as it is humbling. I'm glad I was able to share that news with my father, a retired magazine edi - tor, before he passed away in late December. Writing was one of the ties that connected us, and sharing and laugh - ing about the world of writers and editors are among my fondest memories of him." As part of winning the Leo Feser Award, Carson re - ceives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, where he will be recognized during the GCSAA Opening Night Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 6, which is presented in partnership with Syngenta. He will also have his name engraved on a plaque permanently dis - played at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. The Leo Feser Award honors the late Leo Feser, a pio - neering golf course superintendent and a charter member of GCSAA. Feser is credited with keeping the association's official publication alive during the Great Depression. The award was first presented in 1956, and has been given annually since 1977. Members of GCSAA's GCM Editorial Board Task Group select the winner of the award each year. Academy recipients named Twenty GCSAA members have been chosen for the 2018 Melrose Leadership Academy, which includes a trip to the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 3-8 in San Antonio. The Melrose Leadership Academy program supports the professional development of GCSAA member super - intendents. It is administered through the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. The program was established in 2012 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. The members of the 2018 Melrose Leadership Acad - emy are: Albert Choiniere, Essex (Vt.) Country Club; David F. D'Andrea, Sable Oaks Golf Club, South Portland, Maine; Jerad Dill, Cabinet View Golf Club, Libby, Mont.; Eric Eguaras, Butte Creek Country Club, Chico, Calif.; Andrew Fries, CGCS, HB Brownson Country Club, Shelton, Conn.; John Gabbeitt, Owl's Nest Golf Club, Campton, N.H.; Mike Gay, Winter Pines Golf Club, Winter Park, Fla.; Ryan Green, CGCS, Crystal Lake Golf Club, Haverhill, Mass.; David W. Johnson, Wianno Club, Osterville, Mass.; Gregory Klem, CGCS, Monroe County Golf Courses, Rochester, N.Y.; Scott Larsen, Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell, Ore.; Manuel 'Joe' Oliveira, Green Valley Country Club, Ports - mouth, R.I.; Dennis Petruzzelli, CGCS, Billy Casper Golf, Danbury, Conn.; James J. Ritorto, Lake of Isles Golf Club and Resort, North Stonington, Conn.; Scott Sewell, CGCS, Emerald Bay Golf Club and Seascape Resort, Destin, Fla.; Brian Smoot, Crosswinds Golf Club, Plymouth, Mass.; Dennis Stein, The Golf Garden of Destin, Miramar Beach, Fla.; Craig Stockhaus, Lewis River Golf Course, Wood - land, Wash.; Joshua Tolman, Salmon Valley Golf Course, Salmon, Idaho; and Roger Vandehey, Middlefield Golf Course, Cottage Grove, Ore. A homerun in Texas? The Texas Rangers are creating the first Major League Baseball-branded golf course, according to SportsPro Media. It will be called Texas Rangers Golf Club. The course previously was known as Ditto Golf Course, which is located about 20 minutes from where the Rangers play in Arlington. The course is expected to be open by the end of the summer. Florida facility may get new life The shuttered Ocean Breeze Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., could open within two years under new ownership, according to the Palm Beach Post. Some famous golf course designers, such as Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, are among those interested in revamping the facility. Hope is alive for Arizona course Lawyers have sought an injunction ordering a developer to restore defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in the Phoenix area, the Ahwatukee Foothills News reports. The course has been closed since 2013. Historic course may get fresh look In 1961, Bowden Golf Course became the first public facility to be integrated. Now, the Macon, Ga., course will receive a major upgrade, including greens, bunkers and irrigation if they are approved by the city, The Telegraph reports. 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